Proteas batsman Hashim Amla on Thursday announced his retirement from all international cricket with immediate effect. Amla explained that he will only be available for domestic cricket as well as the Mzansi Super League.
In a full statement by the cricketer, he said: “Firstly, all Glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege. I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called #proteafire.
“I would like to thank my parents for their prayers, love, and support, it is their shadow over me that enabled me to play for years under the Protea sun.
“Also, My family, friends, and agent, my teammates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you!
“The fans for energizing me when times were tough, and for celebrating with me when we succeeded together. Siyabonga South Africa!
“And, of course, a very special thanks to the President and the Board at Cricket South Africa – not forgetting the Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team. I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful. Love and peace – Hashim.”
Amla played 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20Is between 2004 and 2019. His 9,282 runs in Test cricket are the second-most by a Proteas cricketer, after the veteran Jacques Kallis’ 13,206. He collected the country’s third-most runs in ODI cricket – 8,113 after former skipper AB de Villiers’ 9,427 and Kallis’ 11,550.
During a brief spell as captain, he led the Proteas to a rare Test series win in Sri Lanka. He was also named SA Cricketer of the Year in 2010 and again in 2013.(News24/CricketMag)