Hashim Amla, the South African cricketing legend, has announced his retirement from all forms of the game. The 39-year-old, who represented Surrey as an overseas player in 2013 and 2014, returned to the club in 2019 and was a key member of the side that won the County Championship in 2022.
Throughout his two-decade career, Amla amassed an impressive 34,104 runs across all professional formats, including 9,282 runs in 124 Test matches, 8,113 runs in 181 One-Day Internationals, and 1,277 runs in 44 T20Is. He is South Africa’s second-highest run-scorer in Test cricket, behind only Jacques Kallis. Amla also holds the distinction of being South Africa’s first triple-centurion, achieving the feat during a Test match against England in 2012.
After retiring from international cricket in 2019, Amla has brought his invaluable experience to Surrey and helped support captain Rory Burns as part of the leadership group within the dressing room. He has also begun a coaching career, working as the Mumbai Indians Cape Town’s batting coach in the ongoing South African T20 League and could be in contention to become South Africa’s batting coach under the nation’s new coaching structure.
In a statement, Amla thanked Surrey for their support and wished the club all the best for the future.
Hashim Amla said: “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 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.”
Alec Stewart, who has worked with Amla throughout his various spells at Surrey, described the South African as a “true professional and a great of the game.”