KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Media Release

 No: KZNCU1924

1 Oct 2018

Embargo : None

Written by: Nick Tatham

KZN Cricket & Ethekwini Metro Cricket District pay tribute to Ayob Desai

Durban – The KZN Cricket Union and the Ethekwini Metro Cricket District (DDCU, Verulam and Tongaat) has sent their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of long-serving DHS Rhythm Cricket Club manager and KZNCU Council Member Ayob Desai, who passed away on Friday morning.

Desai was hugely involved in cricket in KwaZulu-Natal from a club level through to an administrative level where he served the DHS Rhythm Club for over 12 years. He was a member of the KZNCU council and was an executive member of the Ethekwini Metro Cricket District.

His involvement in DHS Rhythm started when he was a player at the club before he moved into a management role with the junior teams. The 53 year old then moved up through the clubs administrative structures and was serving as the manager of the 1st XI at the club.

As a true club man, Desai did his job without fuss and was totally dedicated to cricket at club level. He continuously went the extra mile for his club with little complaint and he will be missed by all who knew him.

“We would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Ayob at the terrible time,” Yunus Bobat mentioned on behalf of the KZNCU and Ethekwini Metro Cricket District families.

“It is a tragedy and a huge loss for those close to him and a terrible loss for cricket in KwaZulu-Natal, we are still in shock.

“Ayoob’s dedication to the game was admirable and there are very few people left that have the same commitment to club cricket.

“He was a true gentleman and was never one to raise his voice, he will be sorely missed.”

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