Image Credit source: Twitter/CSA
Hoosain Ayob did not get a chance to taste international cricket like many other legendary players due to apartheid policies of South Africa.
Apartheid caused great upheaval in the history of South Africa. Due to this the country was boycotted at the international level and also South Africa was not allowed to participate on the sports front. Due to this, many of the best players could not taste success in their respective sports at the international level. Cricket was no exception to this and one such cricketer was Hussain Ayub. (Hoosain Ayob), South African cricketer of Indian origin (South African Cricketer) Ayub was a fast bowler, but he could never represent his country. Now at the age of 81, this legendary fast bowler passed away. Cricket South Africa on Saturday 7 May (Cricket South Africa) informed about his death.
Cricket South Africa informed and mourned Ayub’s death in a tweet on Saturday. In its condolence message, the African Board wrote, CSA is deeply saddened to learn that the veteran of SACBOC (South African Board of Control for Cricket) Hussain Ayub has passed away. We express our condolences and gratitude to the Ayub family for allowing Hussain to serve cricket selflessly.
CSA has learned with great sadness of the passing of SACBOC cricket legend, Hoosain Ayob.
Our condolences and gratitude goes to the Ayob family for allowing Hoosain to serve the game of cricket so selflessly and diligently.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) May 7, 2022
died of kidney disease
Hussain Ayub was ill for a long time and was in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He died on Saturday in the same city of South Africa while battling kidney disease. The fast bowler faced many obstacles in life, both personal and professional, which he mentioned in his book Crossing Boundaries in 2020. He was working on his second book, My Last Innings, on the emotional, physical and mental problems he faced during dialysis during kidney disease.
Such was Hussain’s career
Ayub did not get a chance to play at the international level, but this fast bowler showed his talent in domestic cricket. In his short career, he played only 17 first class matches and took 53 wickets in his account. After the formation of the United Cricket Board (currently Cricket South Africa), South Africa was brought back into the international arena, and Ayub played a key role in the International Cricket Council’s development committee. Ayub also took the responsibility of training the coaches and spent the last decade of his life developing the game of cricket in Africa. Ayub was a teacher by profession. He guided thousands of children in the African continent to develop a love for cricket.