Cricket South Africa (CSA) has started collecting memorabilia for its new museum and has opened the door for public donations, Sport24 reports.
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.
Museum researcher Luke Alfred said that among rare artefacts unearthed already is a blazer worn by South African cricketer George Kempis during the 1890s, and 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," Alfred said. "The truck was hauled to Cape Town by a goods train shortly afterwards, resulting in Sinclair's six being the longest ever recorded."
According to Sport24
, the museum also honours cricketers who were denied opportunities to play officially for South Africa - like the famous Malay fast bowler, "Krom" Hendricks and the late Khaya Majola. The current crop of Proteas players is also honoured.http://www.sport24.co.za/Cricket/CSA-looking-for-memorabilia-20121108