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Cricket Legend Passes Away



The Olympic Council of Malaysia is saddened by the news of the passing of Y.Bhg Dato’ Dr Harjit Singh, Malaysia’s cricket legend, earlier today (20th October 2020).

Born on 10th April 1950, the late YBhg Dato’ Dr Harjit Singh started his cricket profession by played for the English College, Johor Bharu from 1963 to 1966. At the of tender age of 16, he became the youngest player to represent Johor in Senior Malaysian Cricket League.

While studying medicine in India, he captained his Medical College XI and represented Ranchi Universiti and Dhanbad District. Upon his return to Malaysia, he captained Johor Cricket Team in the National League.

The late YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Harjit’s contribution to cricket continued past his playing days as he also held various positions in cricket, namely as the President of Johor Cricket Council and Deputy President of Malaysian Cricket Association. He was also the founder of the first Cricket programme in primary school not only in Johor State but also in Malaysia in 1987.

For all his contribution, he has been recognised and awarded the Johor Sports Leadership Awards at 1989, 1995 and 2007. In appreciation of his services to Cricket, he was awarded Anugerah Khas by His Majesty The Yang Di Pertuan Agong Malaysia (King of Malaysia) in 1998. In 2017, the cricket legend was inducted into the OCM Hall of Fame.

“Dato’ has been a great contributor to the development of the game in Malaysia and Johor. He has always been there to lend a view and constantly pushes the boundaries.

It was a big loss for our cricket industry as many young talents and national cricketers have been developed under his leadership” said the President of Malaysian Cricket Association, Mr Mahinda Vallipuram.


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