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Hashim Amla retires from international cricket

The Proteas star represented his side in 349 international matches across all formats

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South Africa’s senior batsman Hashim Amla announced his retirement from all formats of the game with immediate effect on Thusday.

The Proteas star represented his side in 349 international matches across all formats. Amla will however continue playing domestic cricket.

The Chief Executive of Cricket South Africa (CSA) Thabang Monroe praised the services of the star batsman after his announcement.

“It is always sad to bid farewell to one of the true legends of the game,” Monroe said. “But 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. He has added great value not only to the Proteas but to the country at large.”

Monroe congratulated Amla for his illustrious career and expressed hope that the latter's presence in the domestic circuit will prove beneficial for the youngsters.

“I am sure cricket players, administrators, the media and fans from around the world will join the CSA Family in congratulating Hashim on a job well done and to wish him all the best for the future,” he said. “We can indeed be grateful that he remains available for our domestic cricket and will continue to contribute by passing on his rich cricket and life experiences to our next generation of players,” concluded Moroe.

Amla released a statement in which he showed his appreciation for everyone who made his journey possible.

“Firstly, all Glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege. I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called #proteafire,” he wrote in the statement. “I would like to thank my parents for their prayers, love and support, it is their shadow over me that enabled me to play for years under the Protea sun. Also, My family, friends and agent, my team mates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you!”

The star batsman was thankful to his fans and the CSA officials for the opportunities provided to him.

“The fans for energizing me when times were tough, and for celebrating with me when we succeeded together. Siyabonga South Africa!  And, of course, a very special thanks to the President and the Board at Cricket South Africa - not forgetting the Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team. I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful,” he concluded.