CSA pays tribute to Hira Jairam

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has heard with sadness of the sudden passing yesterday of former Transvaal cricketer Hira Jairam at his home in Lenasia.

Hira immigrated to South Africa as a young boy in 1942 and lived in downtown Johannesburg until the Group Areas Act forced his family to move to Lenasia.

Jairam was a formidable off-break and off-cutter bowler and played for Zenith before ending his career with Hinds Cricket Club.

His best performance was 6 for 48 against Natal in 1970. He once took 7 for 2 in a club match.

Hira bowled an immaculate length and bowled quick off-cutters on matting where he was unplayable and able to impart prodigious turn.

In 8 first-class matches he took 24 wickets at an average of 24.25.

“On behalf of the CSA Family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and his many cricketing colleagues,” commented CSA Acting CEO Thabang Moroe.

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