South Africa news April 22, 2013

Amla moves to Cape Cobras

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hashim Amla, the South Africa batsman, has left his domestic franchise Dolphins to join Cape Cobras. Amla, who's played South African domestic cricket only for Durban-based Dolphins and his province KwaZulu-Natal till now, said it was a "difficult decision" to move to the Cape Town-based Cobras.

"After a great deal of consideration and detailed discussion with my family and closest confidants, I have made the decision to move to Cape Cobras with immediate effect," Amla said in a statement. "I must stress that this was a difficult decision for me.

"I have always considered myself a Durban boy and know that I will dearly miss the support of the KZN fans during the domestic games. Although I may not have played a lot of domestic cricket in recent years due to my national team commitments, it is this tremendous support of the fans at KZN that I will remember and cherish the most."

Amla's last game for Dolphins was a first-class fixture against Lions back in February 2012. He represented Dolphins 41 times and KwaZulu-Natal 19 times in first-class cricket.

"I have decided to pursue my domestic career with Cape Cobras, and I am looking forward to joining a team that has as rich a tradition as Dolphins. I'm extremely excited about the future and look forward to making many new friends and colleagues in the Western Cape, whilst enjoying the game of cricket.

"I would like to use this opportunity to personally wish the players of the Dolphins team everything of the best. Lastly, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Dolphins' CEO Jesse Chellan for his support and assistance. It has been a great pleasure to work with him."