Johan Boha will be released from his national contract at the end of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September, according to an official release from Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday.
Terming it as a decision based on cricket and not based on financial incentives, Botha said that he would remain fully committed to the team. "I remain fully committed to the Proteas in the long term but I would hate to look back on my career at the end and regret that I did not take this opportunity," he said.
CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul was all praise for the player and said that Botha has been a good leader apart from being an exceptional bowler for the national side. "Johan has been an excellent servant of South African cricket for a lengthy period of time and we will never forget the manner in which he captained the Proteas to success in the absence of Graeme Smith in the away ODI series in Australia in 2009," he said.
Faul however stressed that Botha remains fully committed to South African cricket in the long run and 'he is by no means bringing down the curtain on his international career for the Proteas.'