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Johan Botha to come out of retirement to play BBL 10

The former South African spinner Johan Botha has decided to come out of retirement to play the upcoming season of the Big Bash League. Hobart Hurricanes have considered him as a replacement for Sandeep Lamichhane.

A leggie from Nepal tested COVID-19 positive a week ago and will not play the game immediately. Botha is not new for BBL as he has already represented Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers in past.

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He donned the Strikers jersey from 2012 to 2014 and was with Sixers from 2015 to 2018. He got his Australian citizenship in 2016 and is currently coaching Tasmania. He is also the assistant coach of Karachi Kings in the PSL.

“It was a choice between ‘Do I further my coaching career, or do I miss the first couple of games of the Pakistan Super League?’ I figured I’m as fit as I’ve ever been, and I feel I can still make a contribution to the team,” he said.

“I’ve missed playing, but I didn’t really want to put it out there and say ‘can you pick me’ in case it didn’t work out, so we kept it quiet from when we first chatted about it at the Shield hub in Adelaide, and it slowly built up from there,” Botha concluded.

During his international career with South Africa, he featured in 78 ODIs and 40 T20Is and has taken 72 and 37 wickets respectively. The Hobart Hurricanes will start their BBL 10 campaign against Sydney Sixers on Thursday.

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