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Kent Cricket Club mourns cricket legend Stalin Frazer

Kent Cricket Club is mourning the death of Stalin Frazer former President of the Sierra Leone Cricket Association and former Captain of the national cricket team. He was also a Senior Adviser to the Kent Cricket Club. On hearing of Mr. Frazer’s death Kent Cricket Club Founder and Chief Executive Emmanuel Pessima wrote a tribute on his Facebook page.

Stalin Frazer during the U-12 final in 2013

“I am deeply saddened that a legend and inspiring Mr. Stalin Frazer passed away. He was a brave and courageous man who touched so many hearts with his determination as a Professional Engineer, Cricketer and Socialist. He was one of the fastest bowlers in West Africa during his era. He inspired many young bowlers and I still remember when we were growing up most young bowlers were calling themselves “Stalin Frazer”.

"He is one of the few cricketers that have received the Order of the Rokel Award from His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone”. “In September 2013, he was a Guest of Honor at the final of our U-12 Cricket Championship sponsored by Onlime (formerly Limeline) where he made an inspiring statement. He identified some players at that final and he said to me “Emmanuel these are talented cricketers that need to be guided” and just four years after he made that statement one of the players John Bangura aka little John has emerged as an opening batsman and has already played for Sierra Leone U-19 in ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier and was part of the Sierra Leone national team “The Patriots” that played in South Africa last year”. “Despite being ill, just after that final Mr. Frazer consented to be a Senior Adviser to the Kent Cricket Club. He devoted significant amount of his own time meeting with me and planning my trip to Europe which was very successful.

On my return from Europe last year May, I was at Lungi airport when I called his phone and we talked and talked our usual cricket talk and we laughed and enjoyed our discussion on the phone and at the end he said “Emmanuel I will be going to United State of America to my wife in a few days from now for medical attention but when I come back we shall work on a new cricket project. That was the last time I spoke with him on the phone”.

“I am so grateful for his financial and moral contributions to our grassroots cricket program. We will never forget Mr. Frazer who will be dearly missed by the cricket family, and remain in the hearts and thoughts of all of us at Kent Cricket Club”.

“Our thoughts are now with his wife and all of his family and friends at this difficult time”. “May his soul rest in perfect peace”.

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