Former South African batsman, Hashim Amla will soon be expected to sign a deal with the English county cricket club Surrey with a Kolpak registration as he has agreed on a two-year contract with the club. According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Surrey is expected to complete the deal before the end of the week and well ahead of the end of the month when the possibility of a no-deal Brexit could close the loophole on future Kolpak registrations in the county match.
The representatives of the 36-year-old had also been having talks with Middlesex and Hampshire. The club is almost certain to be criticized for signing a second Kolpak registration after Morne Morkel. However, they will argue that they are trying to compensate for the loss of crucial players, who are on international duty.
Amla had decided to hang his boots from all forms of international cricket in August after the 2019 World Cup. He, however, had made it clear he will continue playing domestic cricket in South Africa along with the Mzansi Super League T20 franchise tournament in South Africa.
The veteran batsman played 349 matches across the three formats for the Proteas and amassed more than 18,000 runs, including 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries. The 36-year-old remains the only Proteas cricketer to score a triple century in Test cricket. In 124 Test matches, Amla scored 9,282 runs at 46.41 with 28 centuries and 41 fifties.
His ODI career was equally successful as he was ranked among the best batsmen in the format, holding the South African record of 27 ODI centuries. He was also the quickest to score 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 runs in ODI cricket.
In 181 ODIs, Amla amassed 8,113 runs at 49.46 with 27 centuries and 39 half-centuries.