Cape Cobras appoint Zubayr Hamza captain for 2020-21 season

File image: Zubayr Hamza.

Batsman Zubayr Hamza has been named full-time captain of the Cape Cobras ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Hamza captained the Cobras on a temporary basis toward the end of the 2019-20 season. The appointment announced on Tuesday, though, is permanent.

He has succeeded former captain Dane Piedt, who is relocating to the United States of America.

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“It is an honour and privilege to captain this proud franchise,” said Hamza.

“I want to thank the Cobras management for putting their faith in me as the captain. I want to thank my predecessor Dane and the former captains who came before me – the likes of JP Duminy, Rory Kleinveldt, Justin Ontong and Andrew Puttick.

“We have an extremely exciting squad this coming season and even though I have my own style of leadership, there’s quite a number of guys who have strong leadership qualities that I’d be able to lean on for assistance and advice throughout the season.

“We have created quite a positive atmosphere throughout the team and have been putting in a high standard of work for the past couple of months, which has been really impressive. We are all excited for the upcoming season.”

The 25-year-old Proteas right-hander has been capped five times at Test level.

Meanwhile, the Cobras have appointed the experienced Barney Mohammed convenor of selectors. Former first-class batsman Romano Ramoo has been hired as the team’s video analyst.

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