Paarl Royals, owned by Royals Sports Group, announced on Sunday the appointment of veteran South African batter David Miller as captain for the inaugural edition of Cricket South Africa’s T20 league, SA20, which kicks off in January 2023. given the captaincy to the 33-year-old, who is one of two South Africans signed by the team ahead of the auction. Miller, who had a stunning IPL season in 2022 and helped Gujarat Titans win the title on their first attempt, has also recently led South Africa (in a T20I 3-game series in August against England), and the Barbados Royals in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season.
With a wealth of experience under his belt, with over 8,600 runs in nearly 400 T20 games with a strike rate of just over 138, Miller has been one of the most consistent finishers in the game and is visibly excited to take the lead. to take. the Royals in his homeland.
“It makes me immensely proud to be appointed captain of the Paarl Royals. It gives me great joy to call it my home. The people of Paarl and the Western Cape as a whole are big supporters of quality and entertaining cricket , and my ambition will be to lead the team in the right way and give our fans countless memories to cheer their team up. We already have some top cricketers on board, such as Jos, Obed and Corbin, and I’m looking forward to it looking forward to working with an exciting group of players to begin this SA20 journey,” said David Miller.
Head coach JP Duminy, who was a former Miller teammate for the national team, said: “David is one of the most passionate players you will meet, and his reading of the situations is something that will be very valuable to us. over the past year he has developed a killer instinct where he finishes matches for his team – we have seen that in the IPL and also in South Africa which is why we are delighted to have such an experienced player as our leader, and more importantly, someone with a calm head on his shoulders. We will work closely with him, as well as other players in the leadership group, including Jos (Buttler), who himself has a wealth of experience.”
With the players auction slated for September 19, 2022, Paarl Royals will go in with a total of four players already insured in the form of Captain David Miller, explosive star opener Jos Buttler, wily pacemaker Obed McCoy and effective all-rounder Corbin Bosch, all of whom are close ties. have had with the Royals through their affiliate franchises.
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