Cape Town - Legendary South African all-rounder Saait Magiet has died at the age
of 66. He suffered a heart attack while on holiday in Malaysia.
A classic all-rounder, who
combined being a dashing and cavalier-style middle-order batsman and opening
bowler, he represented the Western Province Cricket Board and was chosen for
the South African Cricket Board national teams, captaining them in 1987 and
1991 and for a SACOS XI in 1982. He played briefly after unity although he was
almost 40 years old by then.
Nevertheless, he was still able
to average 36 with the bat and 24 with the ball in the WPCB’s final season of
provincial cricket before unity.
He also captained the WPCB on
Cecil Abrahams, a fellow legend
of WPCB cricket who played with success in the Lancashire League in England,
arranged a contract for him with the Strathmore Club in Scotland that he was
not able to take up.
In a first-class career that
lasted 20 years from 1971 (he was 19 years old then) he represented the WPCB on
64 occasions in first-class matches, in addition to numerous limited overs
contests, and made 2 397 runs (including 3 centuries) and took 169 wickets
A genuine sporting all-rounder
he also captained the City and Suburban Board rugby team as a loose forward.
“Saait and his elder brother,
Rushdi, were two of the legends of the game under the auspices of SACBOC and
later the SACB and both would undoubtedly have represented a unified South
African cricket team had the opportunity existed,” commented CSA Chief
Executive Thabang Moroe.
“On behalf of the CSA Family I
extend our condolences to his family, friends and cricket colleagues.”