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.
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