Noor Arbee was recognised for his contributions to the sport of cricket by the newly formed eThekweni Metro Cricket Union.
The Durban and Districts Cricket Union, the Tongaat Cricket Union and the Verulam Cricket Union came together to form the eThekweni Metro Cricket Union on Saturday.
At the launch, hosted at Hollywood Bets Kingsmead, Tongaat Cricket Union paid tribute to Mr Cricket, Noor Arbee.
Arbee was a cricketer of note, who started playing senior cricket at the tender age of 14 for Railways Cricket Club, a club still in existence some five decades later.
While his playing career is one that you can be proud of, having played provincial cricket before many were born, his role as an administrator is one which was recognised at the launch.
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His involvement in Tongaat cricket is unsurpassed. Noor, as he is fondly known, served as an administrator in Tongaat for many decades.
He served the Tongaat Cricket Union with distinction, both as a secretary and chairman.
In his mentorship and coaching role, the Cricketing Bible ‘Blacks in Whites’ recognises his contribution in cricket in Tongaat by saying, ‘The game was kept alive by the sterling work of Noor Arbee’.
Some of the province’s brightest prospects have emerged from this region, such as Hashim and Ahmed Amla and Saidi Mhlongo to name but a few.
To this end, Arbee could have claimed to have groomed Ahmed Amla because in his early development, Railways Cricket Club was where Ahmed did a lot of his training, under the watchful eye of Noor. Now aged 72, Arbee is a patron of KZNCU.