Ian Meckiff - honest and dignified
Former Australia fast bowler Ian Meckiff's career was shortened when umpires perceived him to possess an inappropriate bowling action. Though he was left cold in 1963, he was a "simple, generous and honest" man who never complained, says Peter White in the Sydney Morning Herald. White recounts that despite the ongoing problems in his career, he had honoured a commitment, to play backyard cricket with White and a few other kids back then.
A perfect afternoon- and our guest was probably not even coming. We knew the reason, but we were immensely disappointed - for him and for ourselves. Then suddenly this tall, slightly gangly man with a gentle face, sparkling smile and sharp eyes strolled unaccompanied down the sideway.
After all that he had gone through in the previous two weeks, Meckiff had kept his promise.