Former Dolphins batter Ahmed Amla has taken over as head coach of the AET Tuskers in Pietermaritzburg for the remainder of the current season.
Amla has been involved in coaching since he retired from the professional game in 2013 and has been heading up the Tuskers Academy. The 44-year-old finished his playing career with over 300 professional matches and takes the reins at the Tuskers with a wealth of experience.
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“Ahmed has been with KZN Inland Cricket for the last five years, so he understands the culture and the ethos around the union,” said CEO of KZN Inland Cricket, Jason Sathiaseelan. “With his playing experience as well as his coaching know-how, we are confident that he will make an impact with the side during the remainder of the current season. We look forward to seeing how he guides the team as they begin their 4-Day campaign next week.”
“Having been here for five years and working with some of the players before, I am excited by what I see,” said Amla. “I’ve also got a good idea of what the pipeline here looks like and it’s exciting times here at the AET Pietermaritzburg Oval. Don’t get me wrong, we have a lot of work to do and it’s going to be an incredibly tough 4-Day campaign, but I am hoping that my playing experience will be able to help the players during the rest of the season. I love the community here in Pietermaritzburg and I hope that we can make them proud.”
Amla’s first task as head coach of the AET Tuskers is an away CSA 4-Day Domestic Series match with defending champions the Hollywoodbets Dolphins from 4-7 November.