Legends League Cricket has announced inclusion of both batting legend Hashim Amla and Aaron Finch for playing in the LLC Masters in Doha.
Hasim Amla announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on January 18, 2023. Amla, who is 39 years old, had a successful two-decade long career in all professional formats, scoring a total of 34,104 runs. In his 124 Test matches from 2004 to 2019, he scored 9,282 runs, which is the second-highest for South Africa after Jacques Kallis. Amla’s Test career also included 28 centuries and a record-breaking 311 not out against England at the Kia Oval in 2012, which was South Africa’s first-ever triple-century in Test matches.
During his career, Amla also played in 181 ODIs, scoring 8,113 runs, which included 27 centuries. Additionally, he played in 44 T20Is and scored 1,277 runs. Currently, Amla has started a career in teaching and is serving as the batting coach for MI Cape Town in the current SA20. With the new coaching system in place in South Africa, he may even be considered as a candidate to serve as the nation’s batting coach.
Amla’s career highlights also included becoming South Africa’s first-ever triple-centurion during Day 4 of the Test Match between England and South Africa at The Kia Oval on July 22, 2012.
Hashim Amla on this association with LLC Masters said in an official statement released by LLC, “I am looking forward to be part of LLC Masters. It is going to be fun playing alongside legends of the game. It’s a great initiative.”
Next is Australian cricketer Aaron who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on February 6, 2023. Aaron had represented Australia in 254 international matches in different formats, including five Tests, 146 ODIs, and 103 T20Is. During his career, he led the Australian team in 76 T20Is and 55 ODIs before retiring. Aaron had an illustrious career spanning 12 years, during which he scored 8,804 runs, including 17 ODI centuries and two T20 tons.
Aaron Finch on his association with LLC Masters said, “I am really excited to be joining Legends League Cricket, I think it is a fantastic initiative and looking forward to playing with and against a lot of high-quality former international cricketers.”
Raman Raheja, Co-Founder and CEO, Legends League Cricket said, “When we started Legend League Cricket, we were sure to bring in every player back into the field, who has retired from international cricket. Most of the cricketers went on, to either become commentators, coaches or opened their cricket academy, despite having lots of cricket left in them. Even the fans want to see them in action. It gives immense satisfaction and happiness to welcome Aaron to be on board to play with us at LLC Masters.”
The list of other confirmed players for LLC Masters includes Eoin Morgan, Irfan Pathan, Shoaib Akhtar, Chris Gayle and S Sreesanth. Abdul Razzaq and Isuru Udana will be playing for the first time in Legends League Cricket.