Mr. John Cecil Cooke, one of the longest-serving SCA officials and a former SCA President, passed away in Perth on 13 May 2020. He was 91.
Mr. Cooke played a pivotal role when Singapore became an associate member of the ICC in 1974. He took Singapore cricket to greater heights by successfully organising inter-club tournaments, tours, inter-state and representative fixtures and made an everlasting effort to encourage the growth of cricket in Singapore.
“Cecil was a passionate cricketer both as a player and as an administrator,’’ said SCA President Mahmood Gaznavi. “He was responsible for prodding numerous youngsters to pursue cricket and many of them went on to form the backbone of the national team for several years.”
“His intense connection with cricket was exemplified by his constant appearances at cricket venues; as a player, a spectator and someone who looked to improve the younger lot of players. He will be sadly missed. He lived well after retiring in Perth, Australia, in the late 1980s, a fulsome life and I’m sure with no regrets.”
SCA extends its condolences to Mr. Cooke’s family and all his loved ones.