South African cricket Test captain steps down

7 January 2016

“I am deeply grateful and privileged to have been the Test captain and I wish to thank Cricket South Africa for the honour of captaining my country,” said Proteas Test captain Hashim Amla when he announced his decision yesterday to step down from the role.

“It was enjoyable and indeed a great learning experience.”

Amla succeeded Graeme Smith in June 2014, and has since then captained the Proteas in 14 Tests. Of these, the team won four, drew six and lost four.

Watch the press conference in which he announced his resignation, here:

Amla said stepping down was not an easy decision to take. “The more I think about it the more I believe I can be of greater value to the Proteas as a fully focused batsman and senior player at this time of rebuilding our team,” he explained.

New captain named

Vice-captain AB de Villiers agreed to take over the captaincy for the remainder of the Sunfoil Test against England series at PPC Newlands.

“I’ve said this before that it is an incredible honour to captain South Africa in any format,” said De Villiers. “The captaincy has obviously come at short notice and is the realisation of a lifelong dream.”

His current priority was to lead the team to a memorable series win against England. “ThisTest squad is motivated and determined to turn our performances around and I’m looking forward to taking up that challenge as captain. Hashim is a good friend and close colleague and I am grateful for his support.”

Amla also acknowledged the team and his fans. “Throughout my time as captain, whether in good times or tough times, I’ve always had the full support of my team mates, coaching staff and management,” he said. “I want to acknowledge this superb group of people for always being there and for supporting me wholeheartedly.”

Amla fast facts

  • Nickname: Hash
  • Date of birth: 31 March 1983
  • Place of birth: Durban, South Africa
  • Role: Opening batsman
  • Batting: Right-hand batter
  • Bowling: Leg breaks
  • Test matches: 89
  • Test runs: 6907
  • Test match centuries: 22
  • One day internationals: 126
  • ODI runs: 6008
  • T20 matches: 30
  • T20 runs: 700

Support from fans

Cricket fans around the world have supported Amla on social media:

Source: Cricket South Africa