Border Cricket and the Cricket South Africa family is saddened to hear the news that Douglas Maku passed away peacefully in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 18 March.
Douglas was a former Border Cricket Executive Member and Selector for Border Cricket. He was also a National Selector where he served with Omar Henry, Hugh Page, Pat Symcox and Haroon Lorgat. He was also previously an Executive Member of the then UCBSA Board.
Maku lived in King Williams Town and spent most of his time in his office in Bisho where he was an assistant director with the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
Maku, 62, was educated in Port Elizabeth and he played for Eastern Province in the second Passmore Cricket Week – a schoolboy Inter-provincial tournament for Africans – in Johannesburg in 1971.
Two years later, as a medium-paced right-arm bowler and useful batsman he represented EP B against Transvaal in an SA Cricket Board of Control (Sacboc) match and he later continued his Sacboc career for Border, eventually becoming vice-captain of the Border team.
Maku acted as secretary of the non-racial Border Cricket Board but it was while he was secretary for a non-racial rugby club, King and District, in 1981 that Maku was deported after much opposition from the then Ciskei and he returned to his roots in Port Elizabeth for a period.
In 1989 he was elected as assistant-secretary of the non-racial South African Cricket Board under Krish Mackerdhuj, and after unification was elected as a member of the Board of Control of the UCB.
Friends and colleagues will always remember him for his mischievous sense of humour and his commitment and dedication to cricket.
He is survived by his five daughters.