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Cricket SA 'has lost a friend'

2011-11-13 15:54

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola says the governing body has heard with great shock and sadness of the sudden passing of Peter Roebuck, an internationally renowned cricket correspondent and author.

Roebuck, 55, a former captain of Somerset and Cambridge University, was covering the Test series between the Proteas and Australia for various Australian Media outlets when he committed suicide on Saturday night.

“CSA has lost a good friend,” commented Majola. “He was a fierce critic of South African cricket in the unhappy days of the rebel tours but he made a personal tour of South Africa after the completion of the unity process and the establishment of the United Cricket Board of South Africa.

“My late brother, Khaya, who was in charge of the development programmes, took him on tours of the various townships and, from being one of our harshest critics, he became one of our best supporters."

Majola also praised Roebuck's passion for development and equal opportunities for all players in South African cricket.

“He personally arranged bursaries so that some of the township players emerging at that time could gain experience by playing club cricket in England.

“Peter had homes in both South Africa and Australia and he had a tremendous passion for the emergence of a Proteas team that would accurately reflect the demographics of our country and be truly representative of all South Africans. In that way he shared CSA’s vision for cricket in this country.

“One of his most recent columns was about the progress being made to bring more ethnic African players through the system to represent the Proteas. As always, his writing was both challenging and thought-provoking."

Majola further describes Roebuck as a "fiercely independent critic but one who always endeavoured to serve the best interests of cricket". He believes Roebuck set a new standard for cricket columnists around the world.

“On behalf of the CSA family I extend our condolences to his family and friends. We will all miss his contribution to the game.”
 

Sport24

Comments
  • Jason - 2011-11-13 17:03

    Well said - albeit about the only honourable utterance to come from CSA in years, RIP Peter,

      roboman1 - 2011-11-13 17:12

      ah damn it, when I saw that CSA had lost someone, I was hoping it had lost Majola!

      colin.dovey - 2011-11-13 20:49

      Whatever the circumstances - someone has taken his own life - your remark @roboman is in very poor taste. I do not support what Majola and his crew seem to have been involved (allegedly) in cricket, but one should have some respect for what has happened.

      Gareth - 2011-11-14 03:19

      “CSA has lost a good friend,” commented Majola...Gerald Majola says the governing body has heard with great shock and sadness of the sudden passing of Peter Roebuck... It turns out that this Peter Roebuck fella was being questioned by police about an alleged sexual assault he was involved in at the time before he decided to jump out the ****&^% window six floors down! Why do that?What didn't he want the police to find out?A Cape Town detective and a uniformed police officer from the sexual crimes unit came to him around 9 pm at his hotel room at Southern Sun Hotel.Apparently as the questioning went on,Roebuck became increasingly agitated, and asked a fellow cricket journalist for help and get him a lawyer asap. Roebuck is not as innocent as it may seem.Back in 2001 Roebuck received a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to common assault for caning three young South African cricketers he had been coaching.At the time he said ''Obviously I misjudged the mood and that was my mistake and my responsibility,and I accept that''.

  • dofeatsdog - 2011-11-13 18:36

    all good and well Mr. majola. but can you tell us about the bonuses......

  • Gwendoline - 2011-11-13 21:14

    He was always controversial and should've been helped by his so-called friends if they thought so much of him. I also want to know what his latest actions were.

  • noel.meier - 2011-11-13 21:15

    I notice that Majola's comment is the only one from a South African. Why no comment from SA players and ex players ? Something to do with his negative attitude towards SA cricket prior to unification or something more sinister ?

  • kobus.muller - 2011-11-14 02:39

    "he had a tremendous passion for the emergence of a Proteas team that would accurately reflect the demographics of our country and be truly representative of all South Africans" All i can say is pick the best. Who still support the view a few years back that Kallis must be dropped? Funny how the players who does not represent the demographics of SA tops the top 10 ICC lists. Glad to see Amla moving up on the list. For me it is just plain and simple PLAY YOUR BEST.

  • Gareth - 2011-11-14 03:19

    “CSA has lost a good friend,” commented Majola...Gerald Majola says the governing body has heard with great shock and sadness of the sudden passing of Peter Roebuck... It turns out that this Peter Roebuck fella was being questioned by police about an alleged sexual assault he was involved in at the time before he decided to jump out the ****&^% window six floors down! Why do that?What didn't he want the police to find out?A Cape Town detective and a uniformed police officer from the sexual crimes unit came to him around 9 pm at his hotel room at Southern Sun Hotel.Apparently as the questioning went on,Roebuck became increasingly agitated, and asked a fellow cricket journalist for help and get him a lawyer asap. Roebuck is not as innocent as it may seem.Back in 2001 Roebuck received a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to common assault for caning three young South African cricketers he had been coaching.At the time he said ''Obviously I misjudged the mood and that was my mistake and my responsibility,and I accept that''.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-14 06:25

      The sexual stuff is worrying - but caning 3 boys is pretty harmless? We were caned as boys - its called discipline, no scars were left as a result. Our country certainly does not seem like a better place since the abolition of corporal punishment. But it does seem that whatever he did was bad enough that he would rather die than face the truth. Here we go again - the great speculators - rather the truth come out asap.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-14 16:55

      Depends on what they mean by "alleged" and "sexual assault" They don't give any details on that, and in law assault can be a slap on the bum, to forcing a kiss, to touching to rape. Some of which a person wouldn't kill themselves over. For some reason they want to tie up a motive for suicide, but it's very poor. It seems desperate to me. Cover up. They trying to add that to every story to try support the suicide. Utter Rubbish. MURDER.. I can smell it from 11 thousand km away.

  • Paul - 2011-11-14 15:02

    Nope, sorry Gerald, CSA does not have any friends, okay? You are the weakest link, goodbye!

  • Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-14 16:48

    MURDER!

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