Obituary: Patricia Kambarami – A Pioneering Force in African Cricket

Farewell to Patricia Kambarami, ICC Development Regional Manager for Africa, whose legacy of dedication and visionary leadership to inspire and guide all who are committed to growing the game of cricket on the African continent. Photo: File

The gsport newsroom mourns the loss of Patricia Kambarami, a trailblazer in African cricket and a beacon of dedication and passion for the sport. Patricia passed away recently, leaving behind a remarkable legacy that spans decades of influential work in cricket administration.

Patricia’s journey in cricket began with her rise to Chief Operating Officer at Titans Cricket, where she served as Chief Operating Officer. Her tenure was marked by significant achievements, including leading the team to win the Cricket South Africa award for the best-administered union three years in a row. 

In 2015, Patricia’s outstanding contributions were recognised when she won the prestigious gsport Woman of the Year award, a testament to her excellence and commitment.

In 2017, Patricia took on the challenging role of ICC Development Manager for Africa. Her vision and leadership were instrumental in advancing the growth of cricket across the continent, particularly women’s cricket. She tirelessly worked towards her dream of seeing Africa achieve two million cricket participants, with a significant focus on increasing female involvement in the sport.

Her extensive experience also includes serving as Development Manager – Africa at Cricket South Africa (CSA) and later becoming the International Cricket Council Regional Manager for Africa, a position she held until her untimely passing . Patricia’s efforts led to historic milestones, such as the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy tours to Rwanda and Nigeria, empowering associate member boards and promoting cricket’s growth.

Under her stewardship, Rwanda emerged as a shining example of success, winning the Best Women’s Initiative of the Year and Spirit of Cricket awards at the 2018 ICC Development Awards. 

Across her career, she masterfully managed top-tier international sporting events, from the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) to the FIFA World Cup Fan Park and the Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite her demanding career and family responsibilities, she achieved a Masters in Sports Law at De Montfort University in Leicester.

Patricia’s influence extended beyond administrative achievements. She was a mentor and a source of inspiration for many up-and-coming sports administrators. Her ability to build partnerships and effect change was unmatched, and her legacy will continue to inspire future generations of cricket enthusiasts and administrators.

Patricia Kambarami’s life was dedicated to the advancement of cricket in Africa. Her vision, passion, and unwavering commitment have left an indelible mark on the sport. She will be deeply missed by the cricket community, but her legacy will endure, driving the continued growth and success of African cricket. 

Our deepest sympathies go out to Patricia’s family, friends, colleagues, and all who were fortunate enough to have crossed paths with her. May her soul rest in peace, and may her legacy of a can-do attitude, meticulous efficiency, and unparalleled expertise forever inspire those whose lives she has touched.

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Launched in 2006, gsport exists to enhance the commercial prospects of women athletes and other women in sport by telling the inspiring story of South African women in sport. Thank you for your contribution, Patricia  Your legacy will continue to inspire and pave the way for many.

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Cricket South Africa tribute to Patricia Kambarami
gsport Newsroom archives


Photo Caption: Farewell to Patricia Kambarami, ICC Development Regional Manager for Africa, whose legacy of dedication and visionary leadership to inspire and guide all who are committed to growing the game of cricket on the African continent. Photo: File

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