the passing of MC ‘Bhai’ Seedat
Durban – KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union (KZNCU) is saddened to announce that
prominent cricket personality MC Seedat, also known as Bhai Seedat, passed
away in the early hours of Friday morning.
During the days of racially segregated cricket, Bhai first played for the
Natal Indians in the 1954/55 Christopher Trophy – the eighth and second
last edition of the bi-annual competition, in Johannesburg before scoring
a hundred in the 1956/57 and final edition in Port Elizabeth.
In 1961, when cricket was played along centralized provincial lines for
the Dadabhai trophy and Bhai represented KZN at the first of those
tournaments in Johannesburg as vice-captain before captaining the side in
“We are saddened by the new of Bhai’s passing and send our sincere
condolences to his family and friends,” says KZNCU President, Fa-eez
“During his playing day, Bhai was a very good all-rounder, batting in the
middle order and opening the bowling.
“Traveling around a lot due to his work as a rep, Bhai was outstanding in
league cricket, initially on the South Coast, then in Central Durban and
also in Northern Natal.”
Once hanging up his boots, Seedat went on to become a manager of Natal
teams in the 1970s but his greatest contribution came in his role as
“In the 70s and 80s, when the NCB was without sponsors and really
struggling, if Bhai was around he would do anything to help.
“He was one of those stalwarts that put anything ahead of himself for the
benefit of the game and to make others around him comfortable.
“Bhai lived and breathed Natal cricket as a player, a manager and a
selector right up until unity, and then as a patron of KwaZulu-Natal
Cricket Union post-unity.
“He was a very senior yet quiet, unassuming, behind-the-scenes character
of cricket in KZN who you could rely on to do anything.
“As a leading figure in Indian cricket in KZN, Bhai was an iconic figure
as a role model for a lot of young players.
“He had a great innings in life and we will miss him dearly,” says Jaffar.
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