Basharat (Basher) Hassan
As a kid growing up in Eastleigh and its environs in Nairobi, Kenya we had our own sports heroes but it was no big deal, they were all just one of us. We loved their skills, we loved their heroics on the fields of hockey, cricket, football and in the halls of indoor sports. We were all in the same boat but some of our sports heroes stood out more than others. Basharat Hassan was born to be a cricket superstar. He is to this day one of the friendliest people you will ever meet. He has been blessed with one of the best, permanent smiles you will find. To this day he has remained the boyhood chum you will never forget. One of my favourite sports stars, the kid from the Sir Ali Muslim Sports Club. He was the most loved and respected sportsman in East Africa.
Attacking middle-order batsman, occasional bowler, excellent cover point fielder, competent wicketkeeper, Commercial Manager, Committee member, Vice-President, Club President and all-round cult hero, ‘Basher’ Hassan has fulfilled many roles for his adopted county since his arrival in England in 1966.