Australian cricket team’s yesteryear pacer and Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) chairman Sam Gannon passed away at the age of 73.
An aggressive yet a classical fast bowler who played three Tests for Australia during their 1977-78 season. He made his debut against India and bagged seven wickets in the match in which Australia beat India by two wickets. In three matches, Gannon bagged 11 wickets.
Gannon made his first-class debut in the 1966-67 season and went on to play 40 FC matches for the Western Australia team, bagging 117 wickets, including two fifers. He was also a part of the Shield-winning Western Australia team during the 1967-68 season.
After retiring from the game, Gannon became a businessman. He was appointed as the chairman of WACA in 2013. In 2017, he received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to cricket and business.
“Australian and Western Australian cricket has lost one of its great leaders in Sam Gannon and, on behalf of everyone at Cricket Australia, we send our sincere condolences to Sam’s family and friends,” Earl Eddings, Cricket Australia chair said mourning Gannon’s demise.
“As a deft left-arm quick, a giant of the business community, a leader of charitable causes and a brilliant cricket administration, Sam was known and loved across Australia and particularly in his home state of WA, where his positive impact on the community will be felt for many generations to come. As the Perth Scorchers take the field tonight wearing black armbands in Sam’s memory, we should all take a moment to reflect on his enormous contribution to our great game,” he added.
Gannon is known for his philanthropic work as he was a board member of the Wally Foreman Foundation and chair of the Paraplegic Benefit Fund Australia. His contribution to Australian cricket will be remembered forever. He played an instrumental role in the redevelopment of the WACA cricket ground.