Cricketing world mourns Sonn

SYDNEY, Australia, May 28, 2007 – International Cricket Council President Percy Sonn had a vision for cricket becoming a genuine world sport, Cricket Australia said Monday, following the South African’s death.

Sonn, the first African to head up the ICC, died Sunday aged 57 in a Cape Town hospital following complications after a minor colon operation.

Cricket Australia Chairman Creagh O’Connor said Australian cricket was saddened by his death.

“Percy devoted a large portion of his life to cricket, initially within South Africa and then globally through his role at the ICC, and we will miss him,” O’Connor said in a statement Monday.

“Personally, what impressed me most was that he had a vision for cricket developing as a genuinely world sport.

“I had the good fortune to spend some memorable cricket moments with him, in Australia when he visited last summer, and most recently at the just concluded ICC World Cup in the West Indies, and his passion for the game shone through to the end.

“On behalf of all of us at Cricket Australia, I pay tribute to a man who loved cricket and did his best to make it a better game, and offer our condolences to his family.”  (AFP)