Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has heard with sadness of the passing of Sulaiman 'Dik' Abed in the Netherlands on Friday at the age of 73.
was the youngest of the five Abed brothers who all had distinguished
sporting careers, first in Cape Town where they grew up and later
overseas as they strived
to enjoy the opportunities they had been denied by the apartheid system
in the land of their birth.
of his brothers, Gasant 'Tiny' Abed and Salie 'Lobo' Abed, were part of
the SACBOC national side that toured East Africa under the captaincy of
and also played a home series against the same team.
third brother, Goolam, although also a good cricketer, was a
multi-talented sportsman who chose to pursue a rugby league career in
England with success.
had an outstanding career for the Western Province Cricket Board in the
late 60s before first-class three-day matches were introduced as a
quality batsman and
as a fast bowler whose key weapon was a devastating leg-cutter.
the opportunity arose, he took up a contract with Enfield in the
Lancashire League in England and became one of the best overseas
professionals ever to play in
the league scoring more than 5 000 runs and taking over 800 wickets over
a 10-year period from 1967 to 1976.
He had trials with several England counties but never had the opportunity to play first-class cricket.
He later settled in Holland and captained that country at the ICC Trophy Competition in England in 1981.
was one of two cricketers of colour - the other was the outstanding
left-arm spinner, Owen Williams - who were approached by the South
African Cricket Association
to take part in their tour of Australia in the 1971-72 season that was
subsequently cancelled through political pressure.
players declined the
CSA acting chief executive Thabang Moroe paid tribute to Abed: "On behalf
of the CSA family, I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his
friends and his many
cricketing colleagues. He was an outstanding all-rounder who, like many
before and after him, was denied the opportunity to play on the
international stage that his talents merited."