Batsman Hashim Amla will not return to play indigenous cricket in South Africa, the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) confirmed Tuesday. Originally added to Six Gun Grill Western Province’s squad for the 2021/2022 season in which WP will play in the premier division, Amla thanked WP for understanding when he made this decision not to return to the South African native scene.
“I would like to thank Western Province for their open communication throughout the procurement process. I made this decision based on my current career position and with a view to my future responsibilities. I wish the squad all the best for the coming season,” said Amla. Amla, who retired from international cricket in August 2019 but remained active for Surrey, was due to show up for the Western Province in South Africa’s redesigned native structure. He has played 12 games for Surrey in the County Championship and accumulated 771 runs averaging 51.40.
Michael Canterbury, CEO of WPCA commented, “It is of course very disappointing that Hashim will not be wearing the Six Gun Grill WP colors this season young batsmen available to us. I would like to thank Hashim and his representatives for the open interaction over the past few weeks. We all know that Hashim is one of our greatest players in South Africa and we would have loved nothing more than to see him represent WP, but we fully understand his reasoning and wish him the best of luck with all that next comes for him and his family. “A replacement in the squad of 16 contract players will be announced in due course, announced the WPCA. (ANI)
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