Hashim Amla Announces Retirement From International Cricket With Immediate Effect
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Hashim Amla, South African batsman, has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. The 36-year-old's decision brought an end to a 15-year long illustrious career that saw the veteran becomes one of the protea's greatest batsman and a cricketing legend. Amla represented South Africa in over 300 international games and scored more than 18000 international runs. Dale Steyn Retires from Test Cricket: South Africa Fast Bowler Announces Immediate Retirement from the Longest Format of the Game.

"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 in his retiring statement. "I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called Protea Fire." Brendon McCullum Announces Retirement from All Forms of Cricket; Former New Zealand Captain to Bid Adieu After GT20 Canada Tournament.

Hashim Amla Retires

"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 teammates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey," he added. 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, Mr Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team. I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful."

Amla holds the record for being the only South African batsman to score a Test triple century and is the quickest international batsman to complete 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 & 7000 ODI runs. After making his debut against India in 2004, Amla went to represent South Africa in 349 international games and scored 18672 runs that included 55 centuries.