Proteas batsman Zubayr Hamza has been named captain of the Cape Cobras franchise for the 2020/21 season.
Hamza, 25, takes over from Dane Piedt, who has moved to the USA.
Of his appointment, coach Ashwell Prince says: “I’m really looking forward to working side-by-side with Zubayr, as he takes charge of an exciting group of players.
“He has done the job on a part-time basis last season and besides the fact that he’s a top-class batsman, he has displayed real leadership qualities.
“More than just leading from the front with the bat, he’s an astute thinker and real student of the game.
“There’s a genuine care factor about the rest of his teammates, and I think because of that he will enjoy every bit of support from the rest of the squad, and, of course, management.
“I also feel that we have a number of hungry, talented individuals, such as the Malan brothers [Pieter and Janneman], [Kyle] Verreynne, [Tony] de Zorzi, and [GF] Linde, who all have displayed good leadership qualities that he’ll be able to call upon out on the field.”
Hamza adds: “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."