Hashim Amla and Alan Davidson Join Line Up of Speakers at World Cricket Business Forum

September 8, 2011

South African cricketer, Hashim Amla and Australian legendary all rounder, Alan Davidson are the latest speakers to join the line up in London next week for the World Cricket Business Forum.  The World Cricket Business Forum will be held on 13-14 September at the Royal Garden Hotel.

Hashim Amla will join Kevin Roberts from SportBusiness on the stage for an interview “Catching up with Cricket’s Front Men”. Hashim is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler and is currently ranked as the No1 ODI batsman by ICC. In November 2004, Amla became the first South African team player of Indian descent.  Hashim is a devout Muslim, which has led to campaigns to remove all alcohol-promoting logos from merchandise and playing gear.

He objected to the advert for Castle Lager beer on the South African team kit and has been allowed to wear a shirt without the logo of a brand of South African Breweries, one of South African cricket’s biggest sponsors. Amla captained South Africa at the 2002 under-19s Cricket World Cup. As a Test batsman he found the initial going difficult, and his technique was criticised after he made just 36 runs in the 2004 series against England. But he proved his critics wrong in 2006 as he scored a comeback 149 against New Zealand at Cape Town, helping guide South Africa to a draw. On 27 March 2008, he scored a record 159 not out against India.

Australian Legendary all rounder, Alan Davidson will close the conference with a Q and A session. Alan was a great cricketer and in his 44 test matches, he took 186 wickets, scored 1,328 runs and took 42 catches.  He was the first person to score 100 runs and take 10 wickets in a single match.

Following his retirement from the game, Alan served for many years in Administration for NSW cricket, and is still the President of the NSW Cricket Association. He was named as one of NSW Cricketer’s of the Century, and continues to live in Sydney.

The World Cricket Business Forum will take place next week at the Royal Garden Hotel, London, following the LG ICC Awards on 12 September.  Spaces for the conference are still available. To register, please visit www.cricketbusinessforum.com