The former South African all-rounder, Johan Botha moved to Australia four years ago and now he has officially become the citizen of Australia
Botha had been the skipper of the Proteas in 10 ODIs and led the team to the topmost position in the ICC ODI Rankings by defeating Australia 4-1 away in 2009. He also captained the national team in 11 T20s.
The 34-year old cricketer played his last ODI for South Africa in 2011 and since 2012 he has been captaining the state side South Australia.
In early 2012, he made a request to the Cricket South Africa (CSA) that to release him from his contract as he had handed over the T20 captaincy to AB de Villiers.
On Wednesday, the Big Bash League (BBL) franchise, Sydney Sixers announced that Botha will now be treated as a local player. Talking to Sport24, Botha said, Its been a bit of a process but very happy to finally get it over the line. I think when we came over four years ago this wasnt our main intention or main plan, but as time has gone on everyone has just settled really well and I suppose this was just the next step for us as a family and for our future.”
The 34-year-old all-rounder made his Test debut in 2006 at the SCG. He has played 78 ODIs and 40 T20 Internationals for South Africa.