Shabbir Mulji, who led SJ cricket as their cricket coordinator for more than a decade, has decided to step down.
Described by colleagues as a wily, canny bowler, a superb fieldsman, and a flexible batsman, Shabbir led SJ Cricket through difficult times including a decline of interest in the sport followed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shabbir was successful in organising teams to go to several international tournaments, and through friendly matches and his hard work, the sport remained an active part of the Jaffrey’s schedule.
In a post, the Stanmore Jafferys said: “During his tenure as cricket coordinator, Shabbir had to guide SJ cricket through some very tough times.
“A lack of interest in the sport followed by COVID meant that this great sport that has produced greats within our community from East Africa was on the verge of collapse.
“Through organising friendly matches, the sport amongst the few passionate members was kept alive. In between, Shabbir also managed to organise teams to go to a number of international tournaments.”
A spokesperson for the Stanmore Jafferys said: “Shabbir Mulji has been a stalwart for SJ Cricket. He has contributed immensely towards raising the profile of cricket in our community.
“Through his hard work, we have some promising youngsters who are playing at a very high level.
“The search for a new coordinator is going well with a number of candidates putting themselves forward to volunteer for the community benefit.”
Applications for the cricket coordinator position have now closed, with the Stanmore Jafferys looking for someone to spearhead their affiliation with Middlesex County Cricket to unlock further opportunities.