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Published on January 31st, 2013 | by Diane Chidrawi


Olympic Hero Becomes Part of SA Cricket Heritage

South African Olympic hero, Cameron van der Burgh will have the unique honour of being the first person to ring a bell at the BIDVest Wanderers Stadium to signal the start of play in the first Sunfoil series Test match between South Africa and Pakistan on 1 February 2013.

While it is a time honoured tradition in some major cricketing countries, South Africa has never adopted this practice; that is until now. For example, ringing the bell at Lord’s Cricket Ground is considered a huge honour and is a time honoured tradition.

Asked about this accolade Cameron van der Burgh added “This is a huge honour for me and definitely something I can tell my kids about someday. This awesome idea will definitely become a South African sporting heritage and I am very proud to be part of South African sporting history in more than one sporting code”.

Cameron has represented South Africa at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games and won the gold medal at the 100 meter breaststroke while setting a new world record and has won numerous World Championship medals.

The Proteas will seek to extend their dominance in the Test format of the game when they take on Pakistan at BIDVest Wanderers Stadium in the first Sunfoil Test match starting at 10:30am.


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