Legendary South African cricketer Hashim Amla has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The same was confirmed by the official Twitter handle of the Surrey Surrey County Cricket Club on Wednesday. Even though Amla had hung up his boots in international cricket in 2019, he was active in the county circuit with Surrey.
Amla played a pivotal role in Surrey winning the County Championship in 2022. The right-handed batter retires as one of the greats of the game, having scored 57 first-class hundreds and accumulating over 18,000 runs in international cricket.
“Hashim Amla announces retirement from all forms of cricket The legendary South African batter has declared his playing career over. From everyone at Surrey, thank you for everything Hash,” Surrey’s tweet read.
Hashim Amla announces retirement from all forms of cricket 🏏
The legendary South African batter has declared his playing career over.
From everyone at Surrey, thank you for everything Hash.@amlahash 🤎
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) January 18, 2023
“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. A sincere thank you to (director of cricket) Alec Stewart and the entire Surrey staff, players and members for their support,” the 39-year-old said while announcing his retirement.
“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,” he added.
Other than Surrey, Amla has also played County Cricket for Derbyshire, Hampshire, Nottinghamshire and Essex. Amla also plied his trade for the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the Indian Premier League apart from giving his services for other T20 sides in leagues around the world.