Cape Town – Cricket South Africa (CSA) has heard with sadness of the passing yesterday of former Western Province and Transvaal all-rounder Johnny Kleinveldt.
His health had been deteriorating for some time.
He represented both Western Province and Transvaal under the banner of the South African Cricket Board and formed a formidable new ball combination with former Proteas assistant coach and current CSA High Performance Centre Manager Vinnie Barnes in the 1980s. He was also a hard-hitting lower-order batsman.
“The Kleinveldt name is synonymous with cricket,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.
“His sons, Matthew and Garon, both represented Hampshire 2nd XI when the family was based in England and Matthew is a current member of the Western Province side and has played on occasions for the Cape Cobras.
“Johnny’s nephew, Rory, has represented the Proteas in all three formats, including four Test matches against Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan.
“If Johnny’s career had not coincided with South Africa’s international isolation he would in all probability have earned international colours as well.
“On behalf of the South African Cricket Family I extend our deep sympathy to his family, friends and cricketing colleagues,” concluded Moroe.