OTTAWA – Retired former South African cricketer Davy Jacobs has been appointed as captain of the Canadian cricket team, it was announced on Wednesday.
Jacobs relocated to coach at the Ontario Cricket Academy after retiring from the game in 2015, but then decided to represent the national team in a playing capacity.
“As the most experienced and accomplished player in the team, Davy will be playing a key role in the country’s success in moving up the ranks of world cricket," said the Ontario Cricket Academy in a statement.
"This is certainly a proud moment for all of us at the Ontario Cricket Academy and we all wish Davy and his troops the very best in this tournament and for the future. Go Davy! Go Canada!”
The vastly-experienced wicketkeeper-batsman played 91 first-class, 106 list-A and 83 T20 matches. The 35-year-old represented the Eagles, Free State, Mumbai Indians, North West, Northamptonshire, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel and the Warriors.
The fiery batsman was probably best-suited to T20 cricket, can bat in any position but is known for his destructive form at the top of the order.
He averaged 25 in T20s at a strike-rate of 117. In first-class cricket he scored 5520 runs at an average of 36 with 14 centuries and 28 50s.
With the gloves in the format he took 144 catches and four stumpings. In list-A he held onto 98 catches with eight stumpings. In T20s he made eight stumpings and took 39 catches.
African News Agency (ANA)