South African Cricket: Hashim Amla, one of South Africa’s most illustrious batters, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after informing Surrey that he wouldn’t be returning to help the team defend the County Championship title it won in his final season as a player in 2022.
Amla, 39, scored 34,104 runs in his two-decade career across all professional formats, 9,282 of which came in his 124 Test matches from 2004 to 2019. Placing him second only to Jacques Kallis for his country. This included 28 hundreds as well as South Africa’s first triple-century in Test matches. A record of 311 not out against England at the Kia Oval in 2012.
In 181 ODIs, he scored 8113 more runs, including 27 hundreds. And 1,277 more in 44 T20 Internationals. His teaching career has since begun. And he is currently MI Cape Town’s batting coach in the SA20 competition. He might be a candidate to be the batting coach for South Africa under the new coaching system in place.
Amla Statement South African Cricket
“I have great memories of the Oval ground and to finally leave it as a player fills me with immense gratitude for what has been,” Amla said.
“A sincere thank you to Alec Stewart and the entire Surrey staff. Players and Members for their support. The Surrey ship runs so professionally that it would make any international player feel a sense of honour just to be involved with.
“I wish them all the best and many more trophies.”
“Everyone at Surrey County Cricket Club will be sad to see Hashim retire. But we all applaud what has been a phenomenal career. He will quite rightly go down as a great of the game,” Stewart said.
“Hashim is a fantastic cricketer and a wonderful person. He has been an incredible resource for the team to learn from on and off the field.
“As well as posting big scores at vital moments. He has also shown his willingness to dig in and do what is needed to get his team a result in tough games. I can’t thank him enough for what he has done for Surrey and hold him up as an example to all young players of what a true professional looks like.
“Everyone at Surrey wishes him the best in the future. And I am sure all our Members and supporters would like to thank him for his time here and congratulate. Him on such a decorated career.” credit Espncricinfo.