DID YOU KNOW AWARD-WINNING CRICKET TEAM OF SOUTH AFRICA WAS NAMED THE “OTTOMAN”?
An accomplished South African cricket team, Ottoman Cricket Club boasts a legacy dating 132 years. Founded by the students of “Cape Town Ottoman School,” opened by Abu Bakr Efendi, the history of the team - and its founder - is an interesting one. Efendi was sent by the Ottomans to South Africa as a Shaykh-al-Islam, and while there wrote the first book in Afrikaans language, Bayan-al-Din. Efendi married Tahora Hanim, niece to famous explorer Captain Cook, and most notably was a scholar who opened the first Islamic schools in South Africa. The Ottoman Cricket Club was formed in 1882 and produced many talented players. The school was funded by Ottoman Empire and the emblem of the team was very similar to Muhr-i Humayun, the seal of Ottoman Sultan.