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Hashim Amla joins Peshawar Zalmi as batting mentor
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Hashim Amla joins Peshawar Zalmi as batting mentor

Peshawar Zalmi have appointed Hashim Amla as their batting mentor for the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League.

This will be the former Proteas batsman's first association with the PSL as the upcoming season is expected to be staged entirely in Pakistan.

Amla, who retired from international cricket in August 2019, recently worked in a similar capacity for Cape Town Blitz in the Mzansi Super League when he was involved with the franchise as their batting consultant.

The South African veteran possesses a wealth of experience in the shortest format, racking up a voluminous sum of 4,292 runs at a healthy strike rate of 126.16 across 155 T20s.

He also has two centuries to his name in T20 cricket, both of which came in a prolific run in the tenth season of the Indian Premier League with Kings XI Punjab.

He is one of the more high-profile inclusions in Zalmi's backroom staff led by head coach Mohammad Akram.

Former Pakistan off-spinner Arshad Khan serves as the team's manager while Saqlain Mushtaq was roped in as Zalmi's spin bowling coach two years ago.

Amla's expertise will prove to be immensely valuable to the younger members of the Zalmi squad. The English duo of Liam Livingstone and Tom Banton are still making their mark on the international arena whereas teenage batting prodigy Haider Ali has been touted as a star for the future.

"His gracious presence in the PSL 5 festivity will not only adorn the Zalmi dugout but will also inspire and craft the cricketing skills of the emerging players in the squad," Zalmi owner Javed Afridi wrote on Twitter while welcoming Amla to the coaching team.

Winners of the second PSL edition, Zalmi have finished as runners-up in the last two years and would be hoping to better this record once the tournament kicks off on February 20.