Hashim Amla, a veteran batsman, will not play domestic cricket in South Africa again, the country’s cricket board announced on Tuesday (September 14). The former South African cricketer informed the Western Province Cricket Association of his decision. Amla, 38, was originally named to the 16-man Western Province side that would compete in the new South African domestic structure’s premier division.

“It’s definitely regrettable that Hashim will not be wearing the Six Gun Grill WP colours this season; he would have been a big contribution to the club on and off the field, especially working with the bunch of outstanding young batters we have at our disposal,” said WPCA CEO Michael Canterbury.

“I have always enjoyed my time playing for the Cape Cobras at Newlands and serving as a batting consultant for the Cape Town Blitz, and I want to thank Western Province for their open communication during the contracting process,” Amla said. “I’ve made this decision based on where I’m at in my career and what I want to do in the future. I’d like to wish the team luck for the upcoming season.”

“Western Province has been great,” Amla’s agent, Ismail Kajee stated. “We hope that Hashim will be able to contribute to the team in some way in the future.” Since retiring from international cricket following the 2019 World Cup, the holder of South Africa’s greatest Test score has remained active, having just completed a successful season with Surrey CC in the English County Championship.

Amla’s absence hurts Six Gun Grill Western Province not just because of his potential run-scoring contributions, but also because of the influence he would have played in the development of young batters like Tony de Zorzi and Jonno Bird. Province is yet to name its next coach, with interim coach Faiek Davids in charge for the time being.