Hashim Amla has missed quite a few international games in the recent months due to some personal and fitness related issues and this has put the South African cricketing brains in a fix. His current form with the bat has also not been very much impressive, but with so many years of experience, it is hard for the South African selectors to ignore him. He also missed the recent limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. However, during a recent interview, South Africa head coach Ottis Gibson revealed that Amla is very much in their 2019 World Cup plans.
South Africa has produced many legendary cricketers and Amla is surely one of them. He has played 124 Tests and 174 ODIs, amassing a staggering tally of 9,282 and 7,910 runs respectively. He has composed 28 Test and 27 ODI hundreds in his illustrious career. Amla missed a lot of cricket in the recent time due to his father’s critical illness. He was recently named in the Proteas squad for the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka, but he failed to play the games due to some personal reasons.
In the recent while, many young promising talents in Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks have contributed with some impressive performances in international cricket. With the Markram and Hendricks’ arrival, it looks like Amla’s spot in the national team is under serious threat. However, the Proteas head coach, Ottis Gibson thinks otherwise. “He’s still very much part of the plans,” quoted Gibson on Amla’s World Cup selection chances.
We have to just give him the time
Gibson also spoke about Amla’s recent unavailability concerns and mentioned that it is very important for the cricketer to spend some time with his family right now. The head coach stated that family surely takes precedence over everything else. He mentioned that Amla needs to given some time and they would be taking a call after sometime.
“When it comes to family, then family takes precedence over everything else. We have to just give him the time he needs to be with his family and then we will try and make a decision sometime after that,” Gibson concluded.