Proteas batter David Miller has been named the captain of Royal Sports Group-owned Paarl Royals for the inaugural season of Cricket South Africa's T20 league- SA 20, which is scheduled to start in January 2023. The announcement was made on Sunday (September 18).
The flamboyant southpaw, one of the two Proteas cricketers signed by the franchise before the auction, recently led the Barbados Royals team in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2022) season and South Africa in three-match T20I series against England in August.
Miller expressed his excitement to be leading the Royals in his home country.
"It makes me immensely proud to have been appointed as the captain of the Paarl Royals. To be able to call it my home gives me great joy. The people of Paarl and the Western Cape as a whole are great supporters of quality and entertaining cricket, and my ambition will be to lead the team in the right manner and give our fans countless memories to cheer their team on. We already have some top cricketers onboard with the likes of Jos, Obed, and Corbin, and I am looking forward to working with an exciting set of players to start this SA20 journey," he remarked.
JP Duminy, the head coach of the Royals also expressed his delight in getting Miller onboard.
"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 last year or so, he has developed a killer instinct wherein he is finishing matches for his team - we've seen that in the IPL and for South Africa as well. Hence, we are delighted to have such an experienced player as our leader, and more importantly, someone who has a calm head on his shoulders. We will be closely working with him as well as other players of the leadership group including Jos (Buttler), who himself has a wealth of experience." Duminy stated.
Miller is one of the best players going around in international cricket in the shortest format, scoring 1944 runs in 90 T20Is at a strike rate of over 140.
(ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL INPUTS)