SA coach Ottis Gibson says long-time top-order batting mainstay Hashim Amla is still part of his plans for the ICC World Cup in England in May. The 35-year-old‚ who has mainly opened the ODI batting with Quinton de Kock over the years‚ has not played a competitive match for almost a month since he was given time off to take care of his ill father. He has also been removed from the Cape Cobras squad for their Momentum One Day Cup semifinal clash against the Titans at SuperSport Park on Wednesday with coach Ashwell Prince saying they have given him time and space. “He is still very much part of the plan for the World Cup‚” said Gibson. “Obviously he is nursing his sick father and until there are changes with regards to his family situation we won’t know. “When it comes to family‚ it takes preference over everything else,” he said. “So we have to give him the time he needs to be with his family and we will try and make a decision after that.” Compounding matters for the selectors is th...

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