Ahead of the inaugural edition of the South Africa T20 league, the Paarl Royals have named veteran South African batter, David Miller as their captain, starting January 2023. Earlier in August, the left-handed batter was picked as one of the picks for the franchise, alongside Jos Buttler, Obed McCoy and Corbin Bosch.
"It makes me immensely proud to have been appointed as the captain of the Paarl Royals," Miller said.
"To be able to call it my home, gives me great joy. The people of Paarl and the Western Cape as a whole are great supporters of quality and entertaining cricket, and my ambition will be to lead the team in the right manner and give our fans countless memories to cheer their team on,” he added.
Miller was previously part of the Rajasthan Royals setup, and currently is part of the Barbados Royals where he is leading the team. Miller’s leadership ability has been a proven commodity, with the left-hander scoring 166 runs in six innings, at strike-rate of 155.14. Earlier in the year, the 33-year-old also captained the Proteas side to a 2-0 against England in July.
"David is one of the most passionate players you will meet, and his reading of the situations is something that will be very valuable to us. Over the last year or so, he has developed a killer instinct wherein he is finishing matches for his team - we've seen that in the IPL and for South Africa as well,” said JP Duminy, who is the head coach of the franchise.
“Hence, we are delighted to have such an experienced player as our leader, and more importantly, someone who has a calm head on his shoulders. We will be closely working with him as well as other players of the leadership group including Jos (Buttler), who himself has a wealth of experience."
The Auction for the SA20 league will take place on September 19, in Cape Town.