THE KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union (KZNCU) has expressed its grief at the death of star intellectually impaired cricketer Nawaaz Khan, and thanked the Umzinto community who rallied together to ensure the alleged perpetrators were arrested.
Khan (23), of Gandhinagar in Umzinto, was a key member of the Saints, KwaZulu-Natal and, since 2013, the South African intellectually impaired cricket sides.
He was named the South African Intellectually Impaired Player of the Year at the Cricket South Africa Awards in 2013.
Khan disappeared on Saturday afternoon, October 31, and his body was discovered by searching friends and relatives several days later.
A 21-year-old man has been arrested, after which community members located and contained a 31-year-old traditional healer believed to be behind Khan’s murder, until police took him into custody.
The KZNCU is saddened to learn of Khan’s death, as not only was he a star of the KZN Intellectually Impaired side, he played a key developmental role.
The union thanked the members of the community who worked together to locate the alleged suspects and hand them over to the police.
“Khan’s crowning moment was when Hashim Amla presented him with the SA Player of the Tournament trophy at the SASA-II National Cricket Championships in Rustenburg in March 2013,” said Calvin Govender, manager, Saints cricket club in Umzinto, for whom Khan had played since the age of 14. — Supplied.
Khan of Gandhinagar in Umzinto, was a key member of the Saints, KwaZulu-
Natal and, since 2013, the South African intellectually impaired cricket sides