Titans Cricket is saddened to learn of the passing of the pioneering figure of Hoosain Ayob on Friday 6 May 2022.

Ayob was a legendary figure in South African and African cricket and played a key role in taking the sport further into the continent.

He made a big contribution to the game, first as a player pre-unification and then as a coach and administrator post-unification.

“It’s a very sad day in cricket and us as Titans recognise his contribution to the game. He was a champion man and we will miss him dearly.” Said Titans Cricket CEO Dr Jacques Faul.

In 1998 Ayob became the ICC’s Director of Development for Africa, a role he took up after an illustrious playing career which earned him praise as a fast bowler.

Titans Cricket hosted a breakfast at SuperSport Park on 4 December 2020 where Ayob read an extract from his book Crossing Boundaries. Referring to the players in attendance he reflected on the value of development in cricket.

“If I look at where we started in Mamelodi, Eersterust and Atteridgeville, I’m happy I’ve met some of those kids today who have realised their dream to play for the Titans. They started at mini cricket and today they are big boys.” Ayob said with delight at the breakfast.

“He will be remembered for his great sense of humour, his humility and his in-depth knowledge of the game. I wish the Ayob family solace during this difficult time and we will keep his loved ones in our thoughts.” Faul concluded.