Hashim Amla joins County side Surrey on Kolpak deal

The 36-year-old retired from international cricket in August as the country's second-highest Test run scorer with 9,282 runs in 124 matches.

South Africa great Hashim Amla has joined Surrey on Kolpak deal.   -  Getty Images

Former South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has joined County side Surrey on Kolpak deal. The 36-year-old retired from international cricket in August as the country's second-highest Test run scorer with 9,282 runs in 124 matches.

"Surrey are one of the most established and accomplished cricket clubs in the world and I am very excited to be joining them again," Amla told the Surrey website.

"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."

Exodus

Earlier this year, former Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel had warned that more South Africans could decide to follow the Kolpak route in the near future, urging Cricket South Africa to be proactive about keeping players at home.

Duanne Olivier signed a three-year contract with Yorkshire, following fellow fast bowler Kyle Abbott, who joined Hampshire in 2017.

Rilee Rossouw was a first-choice ODI player when he joined Hampshire around the same time. Morkel, too, joined Surrey, but only after his international retirement in 2018.

Faf du Plessis had recently expressed regret over the Kolpak rule which has resulted in many high-profile South African payers turn their backs on international cricket.