South African batter Hashim Amla has declared his retirement from all forms of cricket. Amla, who has been playing for Surrey post his international retirement, will not be returning to play for the county in 2023.
Amla, who had previously played for Surrey in 2013 and 2014, retired from international cricket after the ODI World Cup that year and later signed a contract with Kolpak.
“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,” Amla said. “A sincere thank you to Alec Stewart and the entire Surrey staff, players and Members for their support. 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.”
“Everyone at Surrey County Cricket Club will be sad to see Hashim retire, but we all applaud what has been a phenomenal career. He will quite rightly go down as a great of the game,” Alec Stewart, Director of Cricket, said. “Hashim is a fantastic cricketer and a wonderful person. He has been an incredible resource for the team to learn from on and off the field.
“As well as posting big scores at vital moments, he has also shown his willingness to dig in and do what is needed to get his team a result in tough games. I can’t thank him enough for what he has done for Surrey and hold him up as an example to all young players of what a true professional looks like.”
The right-hander smashed over 18000 runs during his international career, including 55 centuries.