Tributes keep coming for cricket legend Hoosain Ayob

Tributes keep coming for cricket legend and pioneer Hoosain Ayob, who passed away at the age of 81.

Ayob, a supporter of Transvaal and SACBOC cricket, died on Saturday in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape, after a long illness.

Ayob was a legendary figure in South African and African cricket and played a key role in taking the sport further on the continent.

A notable fast bowler player, Hoosain was called by Cricket South Africa (CSA) as one of the six best South African fast bowlers of the century and was awarded the Cricket South Africa Heritage blazer for his contribution to cricket.

He made a great contribution to the game, first as a pre-unification player and then as a post-unification manager and administrator.

Ayob had been internationally recognized as one of the greatest actors in South African history, but he was not allowed to represent his country due to apartheid.

Titans Cricket CEO Dr Jacques Faul said the cricket fraternity has lost a giant in the game.

“It is a very sad day for cricket and we Titans recognize his contribution to the game. He was a champion man and we will miss him very much.”

In 1998 Ayob became Director of Development for Africa of the International Cricket Council (ICC), a role he took on after an illustrious career as a player that earned him praise as a fast pétanque player.

Titans Cricket hosted a breakfast at SuperSport Park on December 4, 2020 where Ayob read an excerpt from his book Crossing Boundaries.

Referring to the players present, he reflected on the value of development in cricket.

“If I look at where we started in Mamelodi, Eersterust and Atteridgeville, I am happy to have met some of those guys today who have realized their dream of playing for the Titans. They started mini cricket and today they are great.” Ayob said with joy.

Lazy said Ayob will be remembered for his great sense of humor, humility and deep knowledge of the game.

“I wish comfort to the Ayob family in this difficult time and we will keep their loved ones in our thoughts.”

Ayob also served as Lions manager for a season and was involved as both a coach and administrator for the Lenasia Cricket Club until his death.

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