Eastern Province to honour legendary Graeme Pollock

Eastern Province have honoured legendary South African Cricketer Graeme Pollock by having the Centenary Pavilion at Axxess St. George’s re-named the Graeme Pollock Pavilion.

Graeme Pollock (Newlands January 2000) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Voted as South Africa’s Cricketer of the Century in 2000 Graeme Pollock is regarded as one of the finest batsmen to play Test Cricket. Born in Durban in 1944 Graeme was 19 when he made his Test Debut in Brisbane. A left handed batsman, Pollock has received many accolades around the world. In 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

At the young age of 26 his international cricket career came to end when South Africa were banned from international cricket. He retired from 1st class cricket in 1986/87 at the age of 43.

Pollock played 23 Tests with an average of 60.97 scoring 2256 runs. This is second only to the legendary Sir Donald Bradman of Australia on the all-time list. His first class statistics of 262 games, 20940 runs at an average of 54.67 is still impressive in the modern cricketing world.

“We are delighted to be honouring one of the greatest cricketers of all time. He played a big part in the cricketing history of Eastern Province with a career spanning 18 years. Many fans will remember coming to St George’s to watch him in action. The Graeme Pollock Pavilion is a testament to a man who brought great pride to Eastern Province,” said EP Cricket President Dr Malcolm Figg.

A delighted Pollock said: “Thank you to the people of PE for 30 good years, your support and friendliness was much appreciated; to the Cricket Administration and Sporting Public, your support provided the inspiration for a successful cricketing career. Many thanks and God Bless.”

The official re-naming ceremony took place during the Momentum One-Day International Match between South Africa and Pakistan played at Axxess St George’s on Wednesday.

James Buttler

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