Hong Kong T20 Blitz

English speedster Tymal Mills and South Africa’s Johan Botha to play in Hong Kong T20 Blitz

Mills, one of the world’s fastest bowlers, will play for Kowloon Cantons while Botha lines up for Hung Hom JD Jaguars

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 February, 2017, 4:55pm
UPDATED : Friday, 17 February, 2017, 12:40pm

One of the world’s fastest bowlers and a finalist from the recent Australian Big Bash League have signed up for March’s Hong Kong T20 Blitz at Tin Kwong Road.

England international Tymal Mills, who has clocked more than 150km/h, will turn out for Kowloon Cantons during the March 8-12 tournament while Hung Hom JD Jaguars have landed a potential match-winner in all-rounder Johan Botha.

The 24-year-old Mills is recovering from a congenital back condition that pretty much ruled him out of test cricket, but he is now an integral part of England’s T20 team and was recently on tour with his country in India.

“T20 is my life now and this is where I want to be. It’s a unique situation that has forced upon me, but I am lucky to be doing what I do and everything I do now is geared towards becoming the best player in this form of the game,” said Mills.

Mills will be part of a powerful Cantons outfit who already boast Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and a strong group of Hong Kong international players.

“As always the Kowloon Cantons are taking the lead in announcing international players. Having Tymal play for us is very exciting; we have been closely following his game in India and are thrilled with his performance there. All our local boys can’t wait to practice with his bowling speeds,” said a Kowloon Cantons spokesperson.

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Botha, 34, is a former one-day international and T20 international captain of South Africa and is now a sought-after player on the international T20 circuit.

He represented Sydney Sixers at the recent Big Bash League with his team reaching the final before losing to Perth Scorchers.

He has also represented Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premiere League and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel for the Caribbean Premiere League.

“I’m very excited to be roaring for the Hung Hom JD Jaguars, and I can’t wait to see cricket come to Hong Kong in such a blistering way at the Hong Kong T20 Blitz,” said Botha.

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Jaguars fielding coach Trevor Penney said: “Botha is a wonderful asset to have on any team XI. He can help stall the opposition’s momentum with his economical spells, as well as bolster our team scores with the bat.”

Also taking part in the Blitz are Galaxy Gladiators Lantau, City Kaitak and Hong Kong Island United.