Cricket fraternity mourns ‘Baboo’ Ebrahim

Tributes have continued to pour in for Ismail Ebrahim, who passed away at the age of 73 this weekend.

‘Baboo’, as he was fondly known, was a left-arm spinner in the 1960s and 1970s who was denied a proper chance at a first-class career because of the Apartheid laws of the day.

As a result he managed only 48 first-class games for Natal, but his class was undeniable as he took 179 wickets at an average of just over 21.

He got just the one opportunity on the international stage, turning out for a South African Invitation XI against the International Wanderers at Kingsmead in 1976. And Baboo left no-one in any doubt as to his abilities, taking 6/66 in the second innings, including the wickets of international captains Greg Chappell (Australia) and Mike Denness (England).

Cricket South Africa’s acting CEO Jacques Fahl led the tributes, saying: “Baboo Ebrahim was one of the countless number of outstanding cricketers who was denied the opportunity to display his talents to the world and live his cricketing dreams.”

Former Proteas star Robin Peterson, himself a left-arm spinner, added: “A legend of our game has left us. What an incredible guy and storyteller he was. An amazing human being. RIP Mr Ebrahim.”

Former Titans, Lions and SA Under-19 coach Dave Nosworthy said: “CONDOLENCES to the entire ‘Ebrahim’ family on the passing of the LEGENDARY cricketer and personality who was just a good man and a good friend - ‘Baboo Ebrahim’. May your soul Rest In Peace as you move on peacefully to your next innings & spell.”

CLICK HERE to read Telford Vice’s touching tribute to ‘Baboo’ Ebrahim.