GALLE – Legendary South African Cricket Board (SACB) all-rounder Saait Magiet passed away aged 66 on Tuesday in Malaysia.
Magiet was arguably the leading bowling all-rounder for the non-racial SACB during apartheid.
He was the driving force behind the Western Province Cricket Board’s dominance of the Howa Bowl during the 1970s and 1980s, playing 67 matches during that period for WP.
He scored 2 650 runs at an average of 29.12, including three centuries and 15 half-centuries.
Magiet, though, was more prolific with the ball, claiming 171 wickets at an average of 12.99.
Magiet missed out on playing for South Africa due to apartheid, and remained a stalwart of the non-racial South African Council on Sport (Sacos) until he retired in 1991.
After unification, Magiet turned to coaching, where he gained great success with the Western Province Under-19 Khaya Majola team for many years.
South African cricket lost a legend today after Saait Magiet passed away in Malaysia. A true great. only pity the world didn't get to see him represent his country!! #Sacos #Legend #Allrounder #Inaalhie #ForgottenHeroes #HowaBowl @OfficialCSA @CobrasCricket @IOLsport pic.twitter.com/oSlJtYEY9r
His son Rashaad Magiet went on to play first-class cricket for both WP and Boland.
Cricket South Africa honoured him with an official national blazer in 2015.