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 1963/64.
“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 Jaffar.
“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 general factotum.
“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.