Blind cricket in South Africa has been shaken by emotional ups and downs over the past week. On Tuesday, Ferdi Boer became the first visually impaired cricketer in South Africa to reach a double hundred T20 during a successful provincial tournament. But, at the end of the week, the celebration of his milestone was saddened after the sudden death of the president of Blind Cricket South Africa (BCSA) and captain of the national team, Sonwabile Bidla.
Bidla and Boer had played in opposing teams "In the national tournament final the day after Boer scored his 205 record for Boland in a match against Free State at the BCSA national tournament in Tshwane.
" very sad for us, "Boer told ESPNcricinfo." He also played for Gauteng's blind cricket. His team played in the final against my team Boland. And they won the final. So, it's very sudden and very sad news for us here in South Africa. "
Bidla held various positions within the organization, both as administrator and player, and was named Cricket South Africa's Cricket Cricketer of the Year in 2016, a award he won several times.
"Deeply regrets that BCSA has to report" On your behalf, the death of cricket president for the blind in South Africa, Mr. Sonwabile Bidla, "read a statement published by BCSA" We would like offer our deepest condolences to Bidla's boyfriend and his family. "
Boer insisted that Bidla would be greatly missed in the national team, the two played together when South Africa went to the T20 World Cup in India. in 2017. Bidla has been instrumental in the renovation of BCSA in recent years, helping to create the system that has fostered Boer's record success.
"It started when I was young," explained Boer. "I went to a school for the blind and they introduced me to cricket there, I took it from there, I went to the tournaments, those tournaments helped me increase my batting skills, and this is where I am today because of blind cricket."
Boer plays in category B2 (visually impaired) and has always been used as an emerging hitter. "Since I was little when I started playing blind cricket in 2004, I was a very aggressive hitter, all the players, all the teams, were very aware of me, when I open the batting, they want to get me out because they know if I'll hit, I'll go the big ".
Hit through all 20 overs against Free State before exhausting the final delivery. His mammoth hit included 39 feet and four sixes, and the side of the leg was particularly productive.
"It's a big thing for me to do it, it's a really big thing for me, I hit almost all twenty attempts, and it was" I was very hot and very tired, but I did it. Everyone talks about that. I want to thank all my family and friends for the support. "