Cricket Canada board members, players and its supporters are deeply saddened to hear sudden passing of Bhan Deonarine.
Bhan was a long-time servant of Cricket in Canada. He was a former Cricket Canada Director however was best known for his role as National Selector and Chairman of Selectors, through the years which oversaw the national men's team to the ICC - International Cricket Council World Cup in 2003 and 2007.
Bhan was a life member, honorary board member, and statesman of the Nova Scotia Cricket Association (NSCA) for well over 40 years, he had overseen cricket survival through both good and lean times in Halifax since the early days of the NSCA. Warmly considered the grandfather of Nova Scotia cricket to modern day players in Halifax, Bhan has served on the NSCA board in just about every imaginable role including President, Secretary, Treasurer and Provincial Director.
NSCA's 'Deonarine Cup' T20 tournament is named in Bhan's honour and is played at the beginning of the every Halifax Cricket League season.
Bhan will be missed by the cricket fraternity but he will forever remain alive in our hearts and memories.
May his Soul Rest in Peace!!
Some responses on hearing of Bhan's passing:
Bhan was a descent and humble human being, who will be very sadly missed...rest in peace my friend...
Ranjit Saini (Toronto)
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bhan. I remember my first trip to Nova Scotia he opened his home to me. He was such a genuinely good person and had a strong passion for the development of cricket. He will be always be remembered. May his soul rest in peace.
Ingleton Liburd (Toronto)
It was sad to hear of the death of Bhan Deonarine. Bhan served his community both Cricket and Social well. He was the longest serving and a statesman to the Canadian Cricket Selection committee. He will long be remembered by fellow Cricket Administrators and players across the country for his dedication and commitment to Cricket.
May his soul rest in peace.
Calvin Clarke. (Toronto)
Bhan will be fondly remembered and his contribution to Canadian cricket is much appreciated.
Ben Seebaran (Vancouver)
I'm deeply sadden to know that my friends Bhan's soul has departed for heavenly body.
I lost a good friend and die heart cricket lover who has immensely contributed for development of cricket not only in NS but also in eastern Canada.
I've known Bhan for more than 20 years when he started cricket in Halifax with mostly foreign students playing for his team.
Every time I went to NS for cricket, he and his wife always insisted me to stay at their house. And there were not short coming of any kind of hospitality.
I pray to all mighty God to find a peaceful place in the Heaven for his soul.
Kantilal (ken) Patel
Umpire Coordinator &
Chairman Umpire Certification (Toronto)
It seems like yesterday that we were all at Ross Lord, me umpiring my first national tournament, he working the sidelines.
It brings back a lot or memories.
Karran Bayney (Winnipeg)
I am saddened to hear about the passing away of Bhan. He was an admirable man. He was the beacon of the sport of cricket in the Eastern Canada. I had the pleasure of knowing him through our tenure as the members of the Board of Directors of Cricket Canada 2003-2009. I wish our friend a brisk breeze for his journey to the distant horizon. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Please extend my sincere condolences to his family.
Ben Sennik (Toronto)
My sincerest condolences to the Cricket Canada family on losing a true pioneer and a friend of cricket.
His efforts coincided with some of the best times known by the organization and he should be well remembered by us all.
Ravin Moorthy (Calgary)
My heartiest condolences to NSCA and Deonarine family and friends. He will always be remembered for his contribution to cricket in Canada and Nova Scotia region.
May his soul Rest In Peace.
I am deeply shocked to hear that Bhan's innings is closed. He was good to work with as Chief Selector. He was a very conciliatory man. May his soul rest in peace!!!
Angus Melder (BC)