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Johan Botha appointed Islamabad United head coach
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Johan Botha appointed Islamabad United head coach

Former South Africa skipper Johan Botha has signed with Islamabad United as the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise's new head coach for the upcoming season.

Botha has previously been associated with two-time PSL winners Islamabad, having served as the team's fielding coach in the second edition of the tournament.

The 38-year-old all-rounder fills in the position left vacant by Misbah-ul-Haq, who headed Islamabad's coaching staff in PSL 2020. United decided to part ways with Misbah owing to his commitment to Pakistan's national team and the new conflict of interest rules introduced by the PCB.

“I am very happy to be back at Islamabad United, the franchise where I got my first taste of the Pakistan Super League at PSL 2. Since then I have had different experiences at the PSL as well as a range of coaching stints at various tournaments around the world," said Botha on his appointment.

"My plan is to bring all these experiences together and hopefully create another memorable PSL for Islamabad United," he added.

Botha established himself as a regular in the Proteas' white-ball set-up during his international career, representing the national side in 123 matches across formats.

Barring his active stint at the highest level, Botha cemented his status as a T20 globetrotter managing to play for numerous franchise-based competitions including the Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League and the Big Bash League.

He is a part of the Hobart Hurricanes' squad in the ongoing BBL season, making the team's playing XI for the clashes against Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers earlier this month.

Additionally, Botha was appointed Guyana Amazon Warriors' head coach in 2018 and oversaw the team's unforgettable run in CPL 2019 when the Shoaib Malik-captained side finished second after remaining unbeaten in the lead-up to the final.

Botha was also the assistant coach for Multan Sultans in 2018 – the first PSL edition to feature six teams.

“Johan was part of our team back in 2017 and his subsequent success across the world in T20 leagues would not be a surprise to anyone who had seen him work back then," said Ali Naqvi, owner of Islamabad United. "He provides a progressive understanding of T20 cricket that we pride ourselves on, and we are confident that he will do his utmost in achieving our shared goals.”