VCASA pays tribute to veteran cricket administrators

The Veterans Cricket Association of South Africa mourns the recent loss of three prominent cricket administrators, Mr Goolam Raja, Mr Richard Dolley and Mr Hadjie Yusuf Adams.

Many of the current 40- and 50-year-old players who have recently rekindled their cricketing careers have been influenced in some way by these three gentlemen.

Mr Adams, or ‘Goggs’ as he was affectionately known, was a member of Primrose and Blue Bells Cricket Clubs in Cape Town, and recently spent his time tending to the pitch at Primrose’s Rosmead ground.

Mr Dolley was an allrounder during his distinguished playing career, amassing more than 1 100 runs and 100 wickets for Eastern Province. Before his passing, he was a member of the Eastern Province Cricket Board and was deputy-principal of Westering High School in Port Elizabeth.

Mr Raja was an Honorary Life Vice-President of Central Gauteng Lions and a former Proteas team manager who served the game with absolute distinction as one of the legendary figures of the post-unity period.

‘Goolie’, as he was known by everybody who had anything to do with South African cricket and particularly the Proteas, served first as team manager and then logistics manager of the national men’s cricket team for close on two decades.

To the Proteas players he was much more than part of the management team. He was a friend, confidante and adviser.

In total, 107 players represented the Proteas during his time in more than 600 matches across the three formats. They will all remember him with great fondness and gratitude. Many of these players have recently represented South Africa again as part of the Proteas Veterans team at the Over-50s Cricket World Cup in 2020.

The Veterans Cricket Association of South Africa would like to pay tribute to Mr Adams, Mr Dolley and Mr Raja for their services to cricket over the years and offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of these great men.