Hashim Amla of South Africa during game 5 of the 2019 International One Day Series between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town on 30 January 2019.
JOHANNESBURG – Proteas opener Hashim Amla will miss the remainder of the One Day International series against Sri Lanka.
Amla, who has scored 27 centuries, will be compassionate leave due to a family illness.
The 35-year-old batsman had been omitted from the South African side for the first three ODIs.
The Proteas have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
“Hashim has asked to be excused from the last two ODI’s of the current series against Sri Lanka on compassionate grounds since his father is critically ill,” Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Hashim and his family during this difficult time and we understand that family obligations always come first.”
Highveld Lions batsman Reeza Hendricks, who played the first three ODIs, has been recalled to the side and will join up with the squad ahead of the fourth ODI taking place at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
“The selectors have decided to add Reeza Hendricks to the squad. It was always the intention of the selectors to rotate Hashim and Reeza during this Sri Lanka ODI series,” Moosajee said.