Cricket South Africa collecting memorabilia for its new museum
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has started collecting memorabilia for its new museum and has opened the door for public donations.
The museum, which will be housed in a gallery area at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, will be inclusive of the country's entire history in the sport, including 124 years of Test cricket -- before, during and after the isolation period.
"The collection of objects and memorabilia has already started. Several rare artefacts have been unearthed, including a blazer worn by George Kempis, a South African cricketer from the 1890s," said Luke Alfred, a researcher for the museum.
Although SA colours were bestowed on Kempis, his blazer was designed before the green and gold and the arrival of the Springbok as a symbol, which happened only in 1906, Sport24 reports.
Another object to be housed at the museum is the so-called "longest six" ball.
"The six was hit by Jimmy Sinclair at the old Wanderers and found its way into a coal truck in the railway yards nearby. The truck was hauled to Cape Town by a goods train shortly afterwards, resulting in Sinclair's six being the longest ever recorded," Alfred said.
Alfred said the current crop of Proteas players had agreed to donate items.
Hashim Amla's armguard from his record 311 not out at the Oval earlier this year would be displayed, as well as other equipment from the tour which successfully catapulted South Africa into the top spot in the world Test rankings.