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Hashim Amla excited about his maiden stint in CPL

Hashim Amla excited about his maiden stint in CPL
Hashim Amla will play for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2016 season of CPL.
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South African batsman Hashim Amla is eagerly looking forward to his maiden stint in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) where he represents the Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2016 season.

Amla has just finished taking part in the tri-series in the West Indies where Australia beat the hosts in the final to claim the title.

The 33-year-old said that he is happy to have played ODIs in the West Indies to acclimatise himself to the conditions he will face in the 2016 CPL.

"I’m very fortunate starting the CPL to have had the last three weeks already here playing at most of the venues that I’m going to be playing in the CPL," Amla said.

"So to have some sort of experience of the different conditions is gold, but T20 cricket is a completely different format to ODI cricket and we’ve got some amazing cricketers in the team.

"Guys that I’ve played a lot against for many years, so it’s lovely to play with them and share their experiences and hopefully play some very entertaining cricket.

"That’s what playing cricket in the West Indies is about. We’ll try to entertain as much as we can."

The Trinbago Knight Riders are the defending champions of the CPL and Amla has asserted that the team will do their best to retain the title.

"The West Indies is a wonderful place.

"The weather is exceptional, the excitement has been brilliant and everybody is looking forward to the CPL.

"It’s the first time that I’ve been involved in this competition and just from all the chat with the Trinbagonians, everybody’s really confident and hoping that it’s a great start for us.

"Certainly, being champions last year, we’ll be trying to defend that.

"It’s been a lovely few days since I’ve been with the boys."

Trinbago Knight Riders will face St Lucia Zouks in the very first encounter of the CPL and Amla is keen to play against his fellow teammates Morne Morkel and David Miller, who represent the Zouks.

"Those two guys (Morne Morkel and David Miller of the St. Lucia Zouks) are two guys I’ve spent a lot of time with, in the South African team.

"It would be lovely to play against them.

"I have played a couple of times in the domestic teams back home, and though it will be as much fun as possible, each one of us will want to come out on top, certainly from a team perspective.

"But, regardless, it’s going to be a great atmosphere.

"Everybody’s been talking about how Trinidad is one of the best atmospheric grounds in the whole of the CPL, so it’s something that I’m really looking forward to experiencing.

"And I’m sure that Morne and Davy will enjoy it just as much."

In his T20 career, Amla has played 94 matches and has 2603 runs at an average of 30.98 with 17 fifties to his name.

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