ICC chief executive David Richardson has hailed Jacques Kallis as an inspiration to aspiring cricketers following the all-rounder's decision to retire from international cricket.
Kallis called time on his international career yesterday, deciding that he would not be able to play on until the 2015 World Cup.
Richardson, who himself played 42 Tests and 122 One-Day Internationals for South Africa, played alongside Kallis for the Proteas in the late 1990s towards the end of his career.
"Jacques Kallis will go down as one of the greatest all-round cricketers in the history of the game," he said.
"Since making his international debut at the age of 20, he has been a mainstay of the South African line-up in all forms of the game.
"During his illustrious career spanning nearly two decades, Jacques played a total of 519 internationals in which he scored 25,534 runs with 62 centuries and took 577 wickets, besides 338 catches."
He added that Kallis' ability to perform at the highest level for so long puts him in the highest echelon of players and marks him out as an example for young people to emulate.
"To maintain such a high level of form and fitness in international cricket, is an incredible feat and should be an inspiration for younger generation of cricketers aspiring to be bracketed in the league of legends of the sport.
"Jacques played the game in a highly competitive manner and he can look back on his career with great pride.
"We wish Jacques and his family well with the next exciting phase of their lives."
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