Surrey have announced the signing of Hashim Amla on a Kolpak contract for the next two years.
Amla, who called time on his international career in August, will join compatriot Morne Morkel at The Oval as the former Proteas paceman signed a Kolpak deal with the club last year.
Amla ended his illustrious 15-year career with South Africa as the country's second-leading run-scorer in Test cricket, accumulating 9,282 runs in 124 games.
The 36-year-old previously played for Surrey in 2013 and 2014 across 14 matches and enjoys a brilliant record at Surrey's home ground with 946 runs in 13 first-class innings at an average of 78.83 including an unbeaten 311 against England in 2012.
“Surrey are one of the most established and accomplished cricket clubs in the world and I am very excited to be joining them again while also not forgetting the opportunity to play alongside my good friend Morne Morkel again," Amla said after his signing.
“I was part of the Surrey team in 2013 and 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed myself during those stints, so to rekindle that relationship for a longer period is something that excites me. I’m really looking forward to working with Alec Stewart and the rest of his team.”
In addition to his batting heroics in the longer version of the game, Amla holds the distinction of the fastest player to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs.
“With several of our players now in or around the international setup, the opportunity to bring Hashim back to Surrey was too good to ignore," Director of Cricket Alec Stewart said.
“His record speaks for itself and we know from his previous spells here that he will be an excellent resource for all of our players to learn from both on and off the field.”