Cricket South Africa chief executive officer Thabang Moroe paid tribute to the veteran Hashim Amla, who retired from all international cricket on Thursday.
Amla played 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20Is between 2004 and 2019. His 9,282 runs in Test cricket are the second most by a Proteas cricketer, after the veteran Jacques Kallis’ 13,206.
He collected the country’s third-most runs in ODI cricket – 8,113 after former skipper AB de Villiers’ 9,427 and Kallis’ 11,550.
‘It is always sad to bid farewell to one of the true legends of the game, 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,’ said Moroe.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.’
The 36-year-old right-hander will remain available for selection at domestic level and play in the 2019 Mzansi Super League.
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