Cricket South Africa (CSA) announed on Saturday that Hashim Amla will not take any further part in the CSA T20 Challenge with the WSB Cape Cobras.
The Cobras have one remaining round-robin game against the Dolphins on Sunday with the pressure on to secure a home semifinal and perhaps a home final after losing by 6 wickets to the Lions on Friday evening in Cape Town.
“I have opted not to make myself available for selection for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras for the remainder of the CSA T20 Challenge,” said Amla through a press statement.
“I express my sincere gratitude to the Cobras coaching staff and team for the game time over the last 3 weeks, given the circumstances,” added the 36 year-old veteran.
Amla has been struggling for form of late with his highest total in the last 10 innings in all formats being just 32, which he scored in the CSA T20 Challenge against his former team, the Dolphins, in Cape Town.
Question marks were raised about his inclusion in the ICC Cricket World Cup squad that was announced on 18 April with Reeza Hendricks being the man to miss out.
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Amla’s father has also been very ill of late and this personal struggle could also be adding to his lack of form as his mind is quite possibly not on the task at hand.
We know that all fans of cricket around the world are thinking of Amla and wish him and his family all the best in these trying times.
“Ultimately, I want to use the remaining time before the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup to fine tune my batting and prepare for the tournament,” ended Amla.
If South Africa, entering the tournament for the first time since 1992 without any real expectation, want to stand a chance to win the 2019 event in England and Wales, then the Proteas require an in-form Amla, who boasts an average of 49.74 in ODI’s with a good strike-rate of 89.22, which compliments his opening partner, Quinton de Kock.
The decision by Amla to step away from the game for the next five weeks is an admirable one, it shows the class of the man to know when he needs to bring his mind back into the game he so dearly loves and dominates.