Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) will pay a special tribute to its
greatest ever son, Jacques Kallis, on the occasion of the New Age Cup T20
International match between the Proteas and India at the Bidvest Wanderers
Stadium on March 30.
“We want to make this a Jacques Kallis evening in which we
acknowledge his huge contribution to the Proteas and South African cricket
generally as player, role model and mentor,” commented CSA CEO Gerald Majola.
“He has been a wonderful ambassador throughout his career that has just entered
its 17th year and is showing no sign of coming to a close.
“It is highly appropriate that we should honour him while he
is still at the height of his powers.
“As a cricketer he is unique both in terms of statistics and
the role he has filled in the Proteas’ team. The only comparable all-rounder
the world has seen is the great Sir Garfield Sobers and even he only batted in
the top four for the first half of his career.
“It was wonderful to hear on television recently another
great South African cricket legend, Barry Richards, describe Kallis as the best
all-rounder of all time.
“As part of our tribute we will be making a special donation
to the Jacques Kallis Scholarship Foundation which as we all know is Jacques’
own outstanding contribution to enabling underprivileged youngsters to live
their dreams on the cricket field.”
Kallis said he felt humbled and honoured to be given this
tribute. “It is something I really appreciate. Cricket South Africa has given
me wonderful opportunities to live the dream I have had from the moment I
picked up a cricket bat for the first time.
“Playing for the Proteas has always been a huge privilege
and I would also like to thank our loyal fans and sponsors who have supported
me every step of the way.
“I have also been fortunate to avoid career-threatening
injuries or illness and I am most grateful for that as well. I believe I still
have plenty of petrol left in the tank and look forward to representing my
country for some time to come.
“I would particularly like to thank Cricket South Africa for
their financial contribution to the Jacques Kallis Scholarship Foundation which
is highly appreciated.
“I would also like to announce that I will be making a
personal donation to the Yuvraj Singh Foundation. As we all know Yuvraj is
going through a difficult time at the moment battling a serious illness and I
went through a similar experience when my own father died of cancer at a
relatively young age.
“I am sure the entire Proteas’ squad and indeed the Cricket
South Africa family joins me in wishing him a speedy recovery.”