Hashim Amla has signed a two-year Kolpak deal with Surrey, it was confirmed on Tuesday (October 29). Amla retired from all forms of international cricket after the World Cup and will now pair up with his former South Africa teammate Morne Morkel till 2021 season.
“Surrey are one of the most established and accomplished cricket clubs in the world and I am very excited to be joining them again while also not forgetting the opportunity to play alongside my good friend Morne Morkel again,” he said. “I was part of the Surrey team in 2013 and 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed myself during those stints, so to rekindle that relationship for a longer period is something that excites me. I’m really looking forward to working with Alec Stewart and the rest of his team.”
In a career spanning 349 international games, Amla aggregated 18,672 runs including 55 centuries and 88 other scores in excess of 50. He has made the only triple hundred by a South African in Test cricket and remains the quickest batsman in the world to reach the landmarks of 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs.
Alec Stewart, the Director of Cricket, felt Amla’s presence will boost the side with several local players involved with the national team. “With several of our players now in or around the international setup, the opportunity to bring Hashim back to Surrey was too good to ignore,” he revealed.
“His record speaks for itself and we know from his previous spells here that he will be an excellent resource for all of our players to learn from both on and off the field.”