Amla to receive the Order of Ikhamanga

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Proteas star Hashim Amla will receive the presidential award the Order of Ikhamanga in recognition of his contribution to sport in South Africa.

The Order of Ikhamanga is awarded to South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism or sport.

For exceptional achievement, the Order is awarded in gold. It is awarded in silver for excellent achievement, and in bronze for outstanding achievement.

Amla has been awarded the Order in silver with Chancellor of National Orders Dr Cassius Lubisi saying: “For his contribution to the sport of cricket. He has brought pride to our country with his many batting firsts in the international cricket arena and remains one of the leading batsmen of our time.”

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Amla currently holds the record for the highest score in Test cricket for South Africa, 311 not out, which came against England at the Oval in 2012.

Amla briefly led all the Proteas squads but abandoned all captaincy after the 2015/16 series against England.

The former Proteas skipper is the third cricketer to receive the award while still playing after Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini were honoured on 2008.

Eric Majola, Goolam Abed, Basil D’Oliveira and Hassan Howa received the honour for their contributions during the apartheid era.

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