King Kallis to be honoured by CSA
Legendary all-rounder and former RCb'an Jacques Henry Kallis is to be honoured by CSA during the only T20 btw India and SAF later this month .
Proteas legend Jacques Kallis will be honoured in Johannesburg during a once-off T20 International against India on March 30 that will be conducted in the same spirit that prevailed when Cricket South Africa (CSA) last year recognised Makhaya Ntini and his contribution to the game.
In another initiative to promote the sport of cricket, The New Age will act as the main sponsors when the South African squad makes their final appearance on home soil for the season.
The 36-year-old, who will be making his 151st Test appearance on Tuesday evening when the Proteas take on the Black Caps in Dunedin, has made it clear that he has not considered declaring his 17-year Proteas career closed, so this will not be a send-off, but rather a tribute to the country’s most accomplished cricket ambassador.
Kallis said that he was grateful to be in a position to help those less fortunate and was happy that funds could be generated during the showpiece.
CSA CEO Gerald Majola said in a statement: “As part of our tribute we will be making a special donation to the Jacques Kallis Scholarship Foundation which as we all know is Jacques’ own outstanding contribution to enabling underprivileged youngsters to live their dreams on the cricket field.”
Another institution that lies close to the man seen by many as the best cricketer this country has ever produced, is the Yuvraj Singh Foundation.
Singh was recently diagnosed with life threatening cancer and while the tournament organisers will be contributing to the cause, Kallis added that he would be making a contribution in his personal capacity.
“As we all know Yuvraj is going through a difficult time at the moment battling a serious illness and I went through a similar experience when my own father died of cancer at a relatively young age.”