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South African legendary batsman HASHIM AMLA retires from the international arena

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By Ashok Ramsarup :: South African cricketer Hashim Amla has announced his retirement from international cricket. 36-year-old Amla who hails from the Province of KwaZulu-Natal after served the gentleman‘s sport for umpteen years, but indicated he will be available for domestic cricket and Mzanzi Super League.

He began his international cricket career in 2004. Amla paid 349 matches for the Standard Bank Proteas, notching up more than 18 000 runs which included 55 centuries.  He recorded South Africa’s Test triple century to date and made highest Test scores against England, India and the West Indies. The highly respected batsman made the highest against Australia in the post-unity period.

Among the accolades earned included the Man of the Series honour in both Test and One Day International series in England in 2012. His innings of 196 against Australia at Perth the same year earned him the Man of the Match award. His contribution helped the Proteas to a victory that resulted in him becoming the No. 1 ranked batsman in the world in Test cricket six years ago.

His career blossomed. Amla jettisoned as SA Cricket of the year in 2010 and against in 2013. He also succeeded in ODI games. He holds the SA record of 27 ODI centuries.  During his captaincy, he led South Africa to a Test series victory in Sri Lanka.

Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said it was said to bid farewell to one of the legendary cricketers.  Moroe said: “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. Hashim has added great value not only to the Proteas but to the country at large,” he said.

Moroe added that they were indeed grateful that he remains available for the domestic cricket and would continue to contribute to inspiring the next generation of players.

Amla said embarking on the Proteas journey had been nothing but a joy and privilege. He admitted that he learnt many lessons during cricket career, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called #proteafire.

International Cricket Liaison Officer Sundra Reddy described Amla as the great cricket ambassador In the world.  The former  KwaZulu-Natal administrator said: “Amla is a shining an example of what every young cricketer should aspire to be.

Ashok Ramsarup is award-winning senior journalist of South Africa 🇿🇦 



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