Ahmed hangs up his bat

2013-04-20 00:00

FORMER Dolphins captain Ahmed Amla (33) has announced his retirement from all forms of the game, stepping into the business world after 15 seasons of first class cricket.

Amla’s agent, Ismail Kajee, speaking on behalf of his client, said Amla was taking a deserved break from the game before deciding where to head in the business environment. “He has recently finished a course in business studies and has yet to decide where to from here. For the time being, he is enjoying time out while he reflects on his career and contribution to Dolphins cricket,” he said.

Amla made his first class debut for the KZN B team in 1997/98. Once in the senior Dolphins team, he occupied a regular spot in the top order, remembered as a hard hitting batsmen, not afraid to go for his shots. While at the Dolphins, he also played in the SA Academy side, the SA Emerging team and for South Africa A.

Current Dolphins captain Daryn Smit said: “I congratulate Ahmed on a career spanning three decades. When I came into Dolphins cricket about 10 years ago, he helped me find my footing and was a pillar of strength for me and the side. Through the seasons, he was always a regular in the side and provided ambition and motivation for the young players breaking into first class cricket. He was a great example for the game, playing fairly and with a professional attitude. I hope he gives back to the game in time to come.”

Current CEO of KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Jesse Chellan, said Amla had been a loyal player, captain and ambassador of the Dolphins and cricket in the province during his career. “He played just over 300 games — First Class, List A and T20 — and was one of the first non-white players to feature permanently in domestic cricket after unity. This achievement opened the way for players around the country to become cricket players.

“As a captain, he was always calm and a thinker. His captaining days were not easy, yet he continued to be there for young and new players, preparing them and guiding them for what the next step of cricket was about. As a union, we thank him for his contribution and wish him well in the future.”

As for whether Amla will return to Dolphins cricket in either a coaching or administrative role, Kajee said: “He has just announced his retirement and has made absolutely no decision on this. Once he has settled down and decided what path he will follow, then he might make a commitment. It’s entirely up to him if he wishes to get involved with the union.”

In a First Class career spanning 128 matches, Amla notched up 6 587 runs with 13 centuries and 33 fifties, a highest score of 164* and an average of 34,30. He also added two centuries in List A matches.

This past season, he failed to secure a place in the senior side, playing the season in the KZN amateur side where he amassed 374 runs in nine matches with a highest score of 118* at an average of 37,40.


First Class: 128 Matches, 6 587 Runs, HS 164*, 100x13, 50x33, Avg 34.30

List A: 127 Matches, 3147 Runs, HS 107*, 100x2, 50x20, Avg 31.15

T20: 53 Matches, 801 Runs, HS 52*, Avg 22.25

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