36 year old Hashim Amla has made a decision to retire from International cricket.
He announced his retirement on Thursday via Cricket South Africa.
His retirement comes after having played for the Proteas for more than 15 years.
Though he is retiring from International cricket, he still plans to continue playing in T20 franchise leagues across the world.
Below is Amla’s statement on his retirement
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.
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 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.
Love and peace.