The KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union mourns the loss of one of its shining lights and greatest sons, SK Reddy who passed away on Tuesday evening following a brief admission to hospital. The well-respected sports administrator was integral to the unification of cricket during the apartheid struggle and will be remembered for his tireless endeavours promoting non-racial sport.
Reddy was born in Dundee in 1933 and qualified as a teacher in 1955. He played competitive cricket as well as soccer before taking on administrative roles from 1973.
Reddy was instrumental in the development of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, which preceded Cricket South Africa, and served as an executive member on that board from 1991 to 1998. He was one of the national selectors on the first unified selection panel, and also served as manager of the Proteas.
KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union president Faeez Jaffer said the sport in had lost one of its iconic leaders.
“He was a stalwart, committed to non- racial sport from Primary School level all the way up to National level,” Jaffer said. “He was always committed to making a meaningful change not only to the game of cricket but to the greater South Africa. He played a leading role in the unification of cricket in our country.”
“SK has made his mark on the game and left a legacy for all of us to strive for and emulate. He was extremely passionate about transformation and development.
“To many of us, SK will be remembered as a mentor, father, advisor and leader.
“The Kwazulu Natal Cricket Union and the Dolphins Pty are saddened by the loss of an extraordinary Honorary Life Vice President.
“May his soul rest in peace,” Jaffer concluded.
Chief Executive Officer of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Jesse Chellan said Reddy was held in the highest regard and remembers the important role that he played in cricket in the province of his birth.
“We have lost a stalwart of KZN cricket. He was a dedicated and respected leader who served the game with passion and distinction over his lifetime.
“SK will be remembered as a true gentleman of the game in KZN.
“KZNCU extends our condolences to friends and family,” Chellan said.
Reddy was awarded an Honorary Life Vice Presidency of the KZNCU in 1999 as well as the same title from Cricket South Africa.
Brief CV of SK Reddy
Born in Dundee in 1933
Qualified as a teacher in 1955 from Springfield Training College
Played cricket and Centrals, Young Royals, Tulips and Clares in KZN|
Played soccer for Natal in the China Cup in 1951 and 1953
As an administrator, SK Reddy occupied the following roles:-
• President of Asherville from 1976 to 1983
• Manager of Natal in the 1970’s
• Selector of Natal during “mixed cricket” in 1976/77
• Vice President of Natal
• President of Natal Cricket Board(1984 to 1987)
• Convenor of Selectors for SACB (1979 to 1991)
• Executive member of SACB
• Executive member of UCB (1991 to 1998)
• Manager of the SA teams to Australia, Pakistan, Hong Kong and UK
• Proteas selector from 1991 to 96
• Executive member of the Natal Primary Schools Cricket Association (1995 to 96)
• President of Natal Primary Schools Sports Board (1900 to 1994)
• Convenor of the National Selection Committee of Women’s Cricket from 1994
• President of NCU from 1996 to 1998
• Director of KZN Cricket PTY
• Honorary Life Vice President of KZNCU in 1999
• Honorary Life Vice President of CSA
• Gold Award from the KZN Premier’s office in 2002 for life long contribution to sport