Former South Africa batsman has signed a Kolpak deal with Surrey. The right-handed batsman has signed a two-year deal after recently retiring from all forms of international cricket. He will join his former South African colleague Morne Morkel for the coming season.
Hashim Amla expressed his pleasure in signing for Surrey for the coming county season. He said that Surrey is one of the most accomplished counties in England and will be looking to make a notable contribution for Surrey in the coming season. Previously, Amla played for Surrey in 2013 and 2014 season. He expressed towards working with Alec Stewart and rest of the team management at Surrey.
In a career spanning almost 15 years, Hashim Amla added a lot of accolades to his name while playing cricket for South Africa. In 124 Test matches played for South Africa, Amla accumulated 9282 runs at an average of 46.64. He scored 28 centuries and 41 half-centuries for South Africa in the five-day format.
His numbers in white-ball cricket were outstanding for South Africa. Hashim Amla accumulated 8113 runs in 181 ODI matches at an average of 49.46. The 36-year old has 27 centuries and 39 half-centuries for South Africa in white-ball cricket. Also, he became the only batsman to score a triple century for South Africa in Test cricket. He also was the quickest to reach 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 runs in limited-overs cricket.
Surrey Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart, believed that Amla’s experience and presence will certainly provide a lot of help to the youngsters in the squad. His services will be invaluable as he will help new players how to become successful players at the international stage.
Stewart said that Amla has been excellent player for South Africa for a long time and his previous stints with Surrey have been quite successful as players got to learn a lot from him.