Former South African international cricketer Johan Botha is all set to stage a comeback in the Big Bash League. He will play for Hobart Hurricanes in the upcoming 10th edition of the Big Bash League starting December 10.
The spinner had gained Australian citizenship in 2016, continued playing domestic cricket in Australia until last year. In 2019, he announced retirement from the international cricket before taking up the job as a coach.
He is in the current coaching roster of the Tasmania cricket team in the Sheffield Shield cricket team this season.
“It was a choice between ‘Do I further my coaching career, or do I miss the first couple of games (as an assistant) in the Pakistan Super League?'” Botha said.
Botha will now come out of retirement to play for the Hobart Hurricanes and roll his arms for the side in upcoming BBL 10.
He is also expected to fill in the void of spinner Sandeep Lamichhane who contacted COVID-19 earlier this week in Queensland. Sandeep won’t be playing a considerable number of matches for the club until his medical report suggests him completely fit.
“I figured I’m as fit as I’ve ever been, and I feel I can still make a contribution to the team. 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,” he added.