19 Jan CSA statement on passing of Anesh Debiky (1972 – 2021)
JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has learnt with shock and sadness of the passing of internationally-renowned photographer, Mr Anesh Debiky who passed away on Sunday, 17 January 2021.
Mr Debiky was an award-winning photographer for almost two decades. He specialized in sport and action photography and contributed to major local and international publications as well as wire services. He was associated with AFP, EPA, Reuters, PresseFoto Ulmer, FIFA, FINA, Action Images (UK) and Getty Images.
Based in KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Debiky had a special passion for cricket. He was also the photographer for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins for many years and became their official photographer in 2015. Outside of cricket, Mr Debiky was a prominent face on the side-lines of football and rugby matches.
KZN Cricket CEO, Mr Heinrich Strydom described the passing of Mr Debiky as “a great loss of a humble man who will be remembered for his talent and kindness to everyone.” Mr Strydom further said, “Anesh has been a regular feature at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium and did not just capture the action on the field but also captured the hearts of many players, administrators, officials, and spectators. His presence will be sorely missed.”
“Mr Debiky was a warm and kind-hearted person and was always driven by the passion for his craft, for which he was revered. His passing is a loss to sports photography in general and cricket in particular,” said Mr Pholetsi Moseki, CSA Acting Chief Executive Officer.
“CSA sends its condolences to his family, photography agencies he was associated with, the sports fraternity, and the many fans that benefitted from his incredible talent,” concluded Mr Moseki.