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Hashim Amla to sign Kolpak deal with Surrey

Hashim Amla retired from international cricket just two months ago.



Hashim Amla to sign Kolpak deal with Surrey
Hashim Amla. Photo: Evening Standard

Former South Africa captain and batting maestro Hashim Amla is set to sign for Surrey on a Kolpak deal on a two-year contract. He bid farewell to international cricket two months ago.

According to reports revealed, the Surrey county club management is hoping to have Amla sign the deal before ending the week to avoid possible uncertainty on Kolpak registrations’ future which could be closed under no-deal Brexit.

It can be noted that Surrey already have another South African performer in their camp. Fast bowler Morne Morkel joined the club priorly.

Amla’s signing would be a huge boost for the English county as they could suffer the absence of local stars like Rory Burns, Ollie Pope and Sam Curran for a long time.

The 36-year old Amla, in his fifteen year long international career, played 124 Tests for South Africa, scoring 9,282 runs at an average of 46.41 with a triple century, the only South African batsman to achieve so. He has had 28 centuries and 41 half centuries beside his name in Test cricket. He made his Test debut for the Proteas in the year of 2004 against India at the iconic Eden Gardens stadium.

He went on to represent the country in 181 ODIs and amassed 8,113 limited over runs with 27 hundreds and 39 fifties. He was ranked among the best batsmen in the format, holding the South African record of 27 ODI tons. He was also the quickest to 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 ODI runs.

However, the prolific batsman said he will continue to feature in domestic cricket along with the Mzansi Super League T20 franchise tournament in South Africa.



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