Amla retires from all international cricket

File image: Hashim Amla.File image: Hashim Amla.

Proteas batsman Hashim Amla has retired from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect.

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.

“Firstly, all glory and thanks to the almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege,” said Amla.

“I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood.

“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 Proteas 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 fans for energising 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 chief executive officer Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team. I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful. Love and peace.”

The 36-year-old will remain available for selection at domestic level – and play in the 2019 Mzansi Super League.