Proteas batsman David Miller has been named captain of the Rajasthan Royals-owned Paarl Royals for the inaugural season of SA20 South Africa’s T20 national competition, which is expected to kick off in January 2023.
Miller was brought into the franchise in August along with Jos Buttler, Obed McCoy and Corbin Bosch. All four players have previously worked with the owners, having traded for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Miller is also part of the Barbados Royals – which was acquired by the franchise in the CPL in 2021 and was named skipper ahead of the 2022 season.
David Miller excited about the number of players in Paarl Royals
After being named captain, the 33-year-old said: “I am extremely proud to be appointed captain of the Paarl Royals. It gives me great joy to call it my home. The people of Paarl and the Western Cape as a whole are great supporters of quality and entertaining cricket, and my ambition is to lead the team in the right way and give our fans countless memories to cheer their team up.”
“We already have some top cricketers on board, such as Jos, Obed and Corbin, and I look forward to working with an exciting group of players to start this SA20 journey,” Miller added.
David Miller currently wears the captain’s armband for the Barbados Royals in CPL
In the ongoing CPL, Barbados Royals led by David Miller currently top the points tally with six wins in seven games. The reckless southpaw has scored 166 runs so far with an impressive success rate of 155.14.
The SA20 auction will take place on September 19 in Cape Town. The franchises have an allotted total purse value of USD 2 million and can buy as many players, up to the maximum limit of 17. The money available to them at the auction will be based on what is left of the wallet after the pre-auction signings.