Hashim Amla retires from international cricket

Hashim Amla announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. Cricket South Africa confirmed Amla’s decision to retire. However, the Proteas batting giant will continue to play domestic cricket and will be available for selection in the upcoming Mzansi Super League.

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In an international career spread over 15 years, Amla played 349 matches across all three formats, scoring more than 18,000 runs, including 55 centuries and 88 other scores in excess of 50.

His ODI career was equally successful as he was ranked among the best batsmen in this format for an extended period of time for much of that period having an average in excess of 50 and a strike rate of 100.

Hashim Amla leaves the game as the only South African to have scored a triple century in the Test format. He also has the highest Test score by a South African batsman against England, India and the West Indies.

Hashim Amla’s statement:

“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.”

Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said in an official statement said, “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,” he added.

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