Hashim Amla, a legendary player from South Africa, has indicated on Wednesday that he will no longer participate in any kind of cricket, according to the official Twitter handle of county side Surrey.
Even though Amla had officially retired from international cricket in 2019, he continued to play for Surrey in the domestic competition in England.
During his time with the South African national team, Amla amassed more over 18,000 runs, and in 2022, he led Surrey to victory in the County Championship. In first-class cricket, he amassed a total of 57 hundreds, with the most recent one coming in September 2022 against Northamptonshire.
“The Oval ground holds a special place in my heart, and the fact that I will finally be able to say goodbye to it as a player fills me with an overwhelming sense of appreciation for everything that has come before.
In his announcement of his retirement, he expressed his gratitude to Alec Stewart, the director of cricket for Surrey, as well as the entire staff, players, and members of the club for their support.
“The Surrey ship is operated with such a high level of professionalism that it would make even the most seasoned of international players feel privileged to be a part of it. He went on to say, “I hope they have a lot of success and win many more titles.”
Amla has represented a number of other county cricket teams in addition to Surrey, including Derbyshire, Hampshire, Nottinghamshire, and Essex.
In the Indian Premier League, he played for the Kings XI Punjab franchise. In the South African domestic circuit, he participated in matches for Kwa-Zulu Natal, Dolphins, and Cape Cobras. In addition, he was a part of the South African national team.
Amla amassed an incredible total of 34,104 runs in all professional forms of cricket, with 9,282 of those runs coming from the Test format. After Jacques Kallis, he was South Africa’s player with the second-highest number of runs scored.
Amla also scored 28 centuries, and he was the only South African player to ever score a triple century in a test match.