Wednesday, April 17, 2024

CSA: Mike Procter – A cricketing giant remembered

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Photo Credit: Shaun Roy – Gallo Images/Cricket South Africa

Cricket South Africa (CSA) mourns the passing of Mike Procter, one of the game’s greatest all-rounders, who has died at the age of 77.

CSA President Rihan Richards says: ” Mike was not just a giant on the field but a beacon of hope and inspiration off it. His commitment to transforming the game, ensuring its growth among all sectors of our population, and mentoring hundreds of underprivileged youngsters in the Durban area, stands as a testament to his character and passion for cricket.”

Procter’s career as a fast bowler, capable off-spinner, hard-hitting middle-order batter, and astute captain is etched in the annals of cricket history. And beyond his playing days, he served the game in every conceivable role – as a national captain and coach, administrator, selector, commentator, elite ICC match referee, and, notably, and then dedicating his final years to coaching underprivileged children.

Chairman of CSA’s Board of Directors Lawson Naidoo said “Mike’s contributions to cricket, both on and off the field, have left an indelible mark on the sport, His efforts to promote cricket among the youth and his dedication to transformation have enriched our cricketing community and opened doors for young talent to emerge. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations.”

Procter’s achievements, including his remarkable record of twice taking a hat-trick and scoring a century in the same match, and his world-record six consecutive Currie Cup centuries for Rhodesia as it was then in 1970-71, highlight his extraordinary talent and impact on the game. Despite the sporting boycott against apartheid that limited his Test appearances, Procter’s performances remained legendary. He enthralled fans who turned out to watch him perform for Natal, Gloucestershire and Western Province.  He was also coach at the Free State Cricket Union where he worked with some of South Africa’s greatest cricket talent.

Cricket South Africa extends its deepest sympathies to Procter’s wife, Maryna, and their children, Greg, Jessica, and Tammy, during this difficult time. His passing is a great loss to the cricketing world, but his legacy as a player, coach, mentor, and champion of growth and transformation in the game will forever be cherished and remembered.

 

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