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Hashim Amla bids farewell to international cricket

Proteas stalwart Hashim Amla announced the end of his 15-year long international career for South Africa.

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Hashim Amla bids farewell to international cricket
Amla finishes with an incredible 18,000 runs, 55 centuries and 88 half centuries. Photo: Reuters

Ace South African batsman Hashim Amla has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

The 36-year old ended his 15-year long career for the Proteas but informed that he will continue playing in franchise T20 leagues.

His international career saw 349 matches across the three formats, making more than 18,000 runs, that includes 55 centuries and 88 half centuries.

Amla has been one of the most prolific performers South Africa have ever produced. He is the highest run scorer for the country in the elite arena of cricket. Playing 124 Tests he amassed 9,282 runs, at an average of 46.64.

His vibrant batting enlightened the limited over and T20I cricket as well.

At an average of 50, he scored 8,000 runs in 178 innings. The milestone which he touched during the just completed ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Hashim Amla played 44 T20I matches where he accumulated 1,227 runs at an average of 33.60.

He captained South Africa for a short period of time and led his team to win the Test series in Sri Lanka.

He was named SA Cricketer of the Year in 2010 and again in 2013.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe paid his tribute to the great cricketer saying,

“It is always sad to bid farewell to one of the true legends of the game.

“But at the same time this is rather an occasion to celebrate the richness that Hashim has brought to the game around the world both on and off the field. His humility has always been his standout quality and I cannot imagine a better role model to teach us all how to lead better lives. He has added great value not only to the Proteas but to the country at large.

“I am sure cricket players, administrators, the media and fans from around the world will join the CSA Family in congratulating Hashim on a job well done and to wish him all the best for the future.

“We can indeed be grateful that he remains available for our domestic cricket and will continue to contribute by passing on his rich cricket and life experiences to our next generation of players,” concluded Moroe.

Hashim Amla, announcing the farewell, stated,

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 team mates 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 

 

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