Ali Bacher      

Full name Aron Bacher

Born May 24, 1942, Johannesburg, Transvaal

Current age 71 years 330 days

Major teams South Africa, Transvaal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper

Relation Uncle - A Nickel, Nephew - M Bacher, Nephew - W Kirsh, Nephew - AM Bacher

Aron Bacher
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 12 22 1 679 73 32.33 0 6 0 10 0
First-class 120 212 10 7894 235 39.07 18 45 110 1
List A 14 14 0 284 56 20.28 0 1 15 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 12 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 120 114 87 2 1/8 43.50 4.57 57.0 0 0
List A 14 17 27 1 1/27 1/27 27.00 9.52 17.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Lord's, Jul 22-27, 1965 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, Mar 5-10, 1970 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1959-1974
List A span 1969-1974
Profile

Wisden Overview
He was a handy Test batsman, and his captaincy record is to die for - but Dr Ali Bacher will be remembered as the cricket administrator with the Teflon touch. The swarthy but softly-spoken Bacher organised the so-called rebel tours during the 1980s, when South Africa's apartheid policies made it a sporting no-go area. But Bacher saw the post-Mandela writing on the wall, put away the cheque-book, and reinvented himself as South Africa's cricket supremo when the previously separate black and white associations combined to set up the United Cricket Board. Bacher's reward came when his country marched back onto the international scene at the 1992 World Cup. He remained at the helm for the best part of a decade, before stepping aside to mastermind the organisation of the 2003 World Cup. Shortly before that, he managed to deflect most of the flak over Hansie Cronje - whom he originally defended stoutly - and the match-fixing affair. As a player Bacher was a scrapper, at his best turning to leg off the back foot, and he was a fabulous fielder. He took over the national captaincy in 1969-70, when he was lucky enough to inherit what was probably South Africa's greatest side, including Barry Richards, Mike Procter, Eddie Barlow and a pair of Pollocks. Bacher skippered in only four Tests - SA's last for 22 years - won the toss each time, and completed four thrashings of a very handy Australian side.
Steven Lynch (June 2004)

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Jan 12, 2012

Ali Bacher appears before the inquiry into the Cricket SA bonus scandal, January 16, 2012

Ali Bacher appears before the inquiry into the Cricket SA bonus scandal

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Jun 28, 2004

Ali Bacher

Ali Bacher

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Jan 29, 2003

World Cup organiser Ali Bacher addresses the media at a press conference in Johannesburg, Tue 28 Jan 2003

Ali Bacher addresses the media in Johannesburg

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Notes

Uncle of W.Kirsh (Transvaal, Northern Transvaal), A.M. (Transvaal), M. (Northern Transvaal, Transvaal).

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