Hashim Amla on the verge of signing Kolpak deal with Surrey
Hashim Amla announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on 8th August 2019.
Updated - Oct 9, 2019 12:02 pm
Hashim Amla, the former South African batsman looks to make a comeback with a county stint. He retired from all forms of cricket earlier this year in August. 36-year-old was a part of South Africa that featured in World Cup 2019 hosted by England. The performance of the former top-order batsman didn’t look much impressive as he got only two fifties in his seven appearences whereas the column of tons was nowhere looked in his reach.
Former South African hung his boots after returning from England. His last match came against Sri Lanka during the World Cup in which he played a brilliant knock of 80 runs. Now, there are speculations that he might start playing county cricket and Surrey looks to be the top runner. The county side is on the brink of penning down a deal with him.
Amla looks to play for English county team
The English county cricket team is hopeful of getting this deal done by the end of this week or until the transfer window closes as per the rules. According to ESPN Cricinfo, the manager of the former cricketer was also in talks with Middlesex and Hampshire.
At the moment, Surrey is not getting the services of their star players like Rory Burns, Ollie Pope and Sam Curran who are busy with the national tours and the top order batsman from South Africa is looked like the replacement in the absence of their top professional players. Surrey has a history of getting the players from different nations as Kumar Sangakkara played for them in the last phases of his cricketing career after retiring from international cricket.
Surrey will have to face criticism if Amla signs for them in the upcoming days as this is their second Kolpak deal registration. Earlier, they had got the services of Morne Morkel, who is currently playing for their team.
Amla is the only cricketer from South Africa to score a triple century in the longest format of this game. In ODIs, he still the fastest player to score 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, and 6000 runs. The former Proteas batsman had also featured in the 2017 season of Indian Premier League for Kings XI Punjab and went onto register two centuries for his franchise.