Nottinghamshire have signed South African batsman Hashim Amla as short-term cover for Australian David Hussey ahead of the start of the 2010 domestic season.
While Hussey is away representing the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and Australia in the ICC World Twenty20, Amla will step in and undertake overseas player duties at Trent Bridge.
“Six of our Championship fixtures begin before the end of May so our main aim in the recruitment process was to find a batsman who we felt could score consistently in four day cricket,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“Hashim is having a good time in India, he’s not involved in South Africa’s Twenty20 side and he hasn’t got an IPL contract so he fits the bill.
“Pursuing county cricket is a good option for a player in his position and hopefully he’ll leave with a positive impression of us and the door will be open for him to return at some stage in the future.”
Amla recently scored an unbeaten double-century and then two centuries during a two-match Test series in India and he enjoyed a profitable spell with Essex in 2009.
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