Hashim Amla to play for Surrey in county cricket

Hashim Amla currently leads the batting rankings in both Tests and One-Day Internationals © Getty Images

Aug 14, 2013

South Africa batting star Hashim Amla on Wednesday replaced compatriot JP Duminy in English County side Surrey till the end of the current season.

The 30-year-old batsman will play his first match against Durham on August 22 and will be available for Surrey’s remaining six matches.

Duminy will be playing for the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Champions League 2013 tournament, which means he will not be available, reports the BBC.

Amla has previously played for County sides Essex and Nottinghamshire. The right-handed batsman currently leads the International Cricket Council (ICC) batting rankings in both Test cricket and One-Day Internationals.

Amla was quoted as saying by Mercury, “It is a great pleasure and honour to have been asked by Alec Stewart to play for Surrey County Cricket Club. The Kia Oval holds a lot of fond memories for me personally. I look forward to returning there this year and hopefully enjoying similar success.”

Surrey are facing the danger of being relegated from Division One of the County Championship.

Director of cricket at Surrey, Alec Stewart said, “I’m very pleased to have secured the services of Hashim Amla, unquestionably a world-class batsman, for the last six games in the LV County Championship.”

“I would like to thank Hashim and Cricket South Africa for the excellent communication and professional manner which has enabled us to complete this deal,” he added.