Saait was a devastating opening bowler who swung it away and was a destructive middle-order batsman at number four or five, reminisced his brother Rushdi.
The brothers played rugby for City and Suburban rugby club, Primorse Club and the Western Province cricket team in the South African Cricket Board era.
Vincent Barnes, former bowling coach of South Africa and a champion bowler of Western Province, said he opened the bowling with Saait and remembered that he was quick and swung it, he could run through teams.
As a batsman, he was very attacking and could change the complexion of a match within an hour of powerful batting, or he could save it.
Magiet would definitely have played for South Africa if unity arrived sooner, said both Barnes and Rushdi Magiet.
“He was without doubt one of the best cricketers I played with or saw in action and I don’t easily dish out compliments of that nature,” said Barnes.
In 67 first class matches he scored 2650 runs at an average of 29.12. He also took 171 wickets at average of 12.99 and an astonishing strike-rate of 42.9. He virtually played for 20 seasons and made his debut in 1972 and finished in 1990/1991.
“Saait was my hero and I learned at his feet since the age of 14. I ended up playing with him in the Western Province team. He could take away the game from the opposition with the bat because he was very attacking. As a bowler, he could swing it both ways and he could be devastating,” recalled Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.
“He was undoubtedly a legend of the game,” Davids added.
“I remember we played for the 40 and older South African team together with Vlam Michau and Kevin McKenzie and Saait was in the team and stood tall,” recalled Barnes.
The best wicket haul was 6-24 against Natal in Cape Town in January 1975 and his best batting performance was an undefeated 100 against Natal in December 1986.
He captured five wickets on six occasions and could make life difficult for the opposition in association with Barnes and his brother Rushdi Magiet.
“We want to express our sincere condolences to Nazli, Rushdi, the family, friends and former team-mates during this troubled time,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the WPCA.
“As a classical all-rounder, I have no doubt he would have made a compelling case for inclusion in the Proteas team as he was that good,” Dien added.
Magiet was not only a true blue all-rounder in cricket, but also a fine fieldsman who made life difficult for players who attempted to steal a single.
Beresford Williams, president of the WPCA, said cricket in the Western Province has lost a legendary figure.
“We mourn his passing. He was a legend, undoubtedly and a pivotal factor behind Western Province’s success in the Howa Bowl series, Williams said.