The Sports And Recreation Commission has sent out a condolences message to Jan, and the entire Ellman Brown family following the death of David Ellman Brown, a former Chairman of Zimbabwe Cricket.
‘Ellers’ as he was known to many, had a deep love and appreciation for the game of cricket in Zimbabwe, dating back to the early 1960s when he was Treasurer of Mashonaland Cricket Association.
David was also manager of the national cricket side from 1982 to 1990, during this period Zimbabwe made its inaugural appearance at the 1983 World Cup, famously recording a victory over Australia.
Along with the late Alwyn Pichanick and Peter Chingoka, David, as Chairman of the then Zimbabwe Cricket Union, played a pivotal role in the country’s campaign for Test status, which was eventually granted in 1992.
A Chartered Accountant by profession, David retired from the partnership of Coopers and Lybrand to become Chief Executive Officer of the Union, as the game entered a professional era following its admission as a test cricket playing nation much of the cricket infrastructure we see today, particularly at Harare Sports Club, and Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, was the result of David focus and commitment to the game.
Very much respected within the cricketing world, David was also a member of the International Cricket Council Finance and Cricket Management Committee.
Ineed, for his services to Zimbabwe Cricket, ‘Ellers’ was, in 1992 and 1993 respectively, made Honorary Life President of Zimbabwe Cricket and Honorary Life Member of the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club in London. Upon his retirement from Zimbabwe Cricket, David was appointed as the Commissioner of the SRC, a post he held during the years 2009 to 2016.
In 2019, at the request of the SRC, David returned to cricket administration as the Chairman of the Interim Cricket Committee charged with overseeing the restructuring of Zimbabwe Cricket, a role he admirably fulfilled culminating in the execution of a legal framework, with the consent of Zimbabwe Cricket, for betterment of the administration of the game.
These efforts are starting to bear fruits.
Born in Bulawayo eighty two years ago, and schooled at St Georges College in Harare, ‘ Elliers’ will certainty be missed by all who knew him; but his legacy is firmly established within the administrative corridors of the game of cricket.
May his soul rest in peace.
Reads a condolences message released by the Sports And Recreation Commission yesterday.