Hamza is first UWC crick­eter to play a Test for SA

Cape Times - - METRO - STAFF WRITER

PROTEAS debu­tant bats­man Zubayr Hamza has made his­tory by be­com­ing the first crick­eter from the Univer­sity of the Western Cape (UWC) to don the se­nior na­tional cricket team colours in a Test.

One of the coun­try’s lead­ing fran­chise crick­eters, Hamza also claimed the mile­stone of be­ing the 100th player to rep­re­sent the Proteas in the 5-day for­mat against Pak­istan in Gaut­eng, re­plac­ing skip­per Faf du Plessis as the se­ries had al­ready been won.

Hamza bat­ted con­fi­dently on Fri­day, scor­ing 41 runs.

Cur­rently do­ing his BCom ac­count­ing de­gree, Hamza joined UWC through the Sport Skills for Life Skills (SS4LS) pro­gramme.

The di­rec­tor of the SS4LS ini­tia­tive, ad­vo­cate Ni­cholas Kok, has con­grat­u­lated Hamza on his Proteas de­but and said it was in­cred­i­ble for the UWC Cricket Club, the Sport Skills for Life Skills pro­gramme and for the UWC com­mu­nity.

“Zubayr is our first Protea to come from the pro­gramme and from UWC, and he is a hum­ble, hard-work­ing man who has shown ded­i­ca­tion and per­se­ver­ance.

“He is still a young­ster and will have a great fu­ture ahead of him,” said Kok.

Hamza has reg­u­larly put the univer­sity on the map since en­rolling.

His ster­ling form was re­warded with a call-up to the South Africa ‘A’ side last year and a con­tract with the Cape Co­bras for the Sun­foil Se­ries two years ago.

Be­ing on the se­lec­tors’ radar for a cou­ple of sea­sons, he grabbed their at­ten­tion last sum­mer when he scored 828 runs in the Sun­foil Se­ries for the Cape Co­bras, at an av­er­age of 69, mak­ing three cen­turies and four half-cen­turies.

He rep­re­sented the Proteas A in In­dia in the win­ter and made a pair of fifties against In­dia A.

UWC’s di­rec­tor of sport ad­min­is­tra­tion, Mandla Ga­gayi, said Hamza’s se­lec­tion bears tes­ti­mony to his con­sis­tency for the Cape Co­bras and UWC.

“Be­ing UWC’s sportsman of the year in 2017, his se­lec­tion to the Proteas was in­evitable.

“As UWC Sport, we are very proud of our con­tri­bu­tion to South Africa’s sport agenda in dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines,” said Ga­gayi.

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Zubayr Hamza made his­tory by be­com­ing the first crick­eter from UWC to don the se­nior na­tional cricket team colours in a Test, and the 100th player to rep­re­sent the Proteas in the 5-day for­mat. |

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