Full Name

Aron Bacher


May 24, 1942, Johannesburg, Transvaal


80y 188d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style


Fielding Position

Occasional Wicketkeeper


A Nickel


AM Bacher


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W Kirsh


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)

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
List A141402845620.2801150
List A14172711/271/2727.009.5217.0000
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Debut/Last Matches - Player
FC Matches
1959/60 - 1973/74
List A Matches
1969/70 - 1973/74
Ali Bacher appears before the inquiry into the Cricket SA bonus scandal
Ali Bacher
Ali Bacher, the tournament's chief organiser, welcomes everyone at the opening ceremony
Ali Bacher addresses the media in Johannesburg
Ali Bacher
Dr Ali Bacher presents Harris with an invitation to the 2003 World Cup