Full name Aron Bacher
Born May 24, 1942, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Current age 74 years 304 days
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper
|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|
|First-class span||1959/60 - 1973/74|
|List A span||1969/70 - 1973/74|
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)
Uncle of W.Kirsh (Transvaal, Northern Transvaal), A.M. (Transvaal), M. (Northern Transvaal, Transvaal).
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
Steven Smith defied those who didn't give him a chance as a batsman. Now his team is doing the same on a tour no one thought they could compete in
South Africa are set to play 14 Tests in nine months soon, so both fast bowlers, despite being sent home from New Zealand, should not lose hope
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history