Dr. Habib Noorbhai (Mr South Africa 2017) is a Researcher in Sports Science, a presenter, speaker and humanitarian. He completed a BA in Sport Psychology (UJ), Honours in Biokinetics (UKZN), MPhil in Biokinetics (UCT) and a PhD in Exercise Science at UCT.

In 2013, he was among South Africa’s top 100 brightest young minds and in 2015, he was nominated among Mail and Guardians top 200 young South Africans. He was also included in Fast Company South Africa’s Top 30 creative people in business for 2017.

Habib has been featured on a variety of television shows, both as a professional and as Mr South Africa. Some of these included: Top Billing, Mela, thrice on Expresso, eNCA and SABC News. In 2015, he had his own sport and health show on OpenViewHD and a radio show on Hashtag Radio. He is also a frequent expert guest on Cape Talk and Radio702 discussing relevant topics on sports science, exercise, health, community engagement and leadership.

Habib also founded a non-profit organisation in 2013 called The Humanitarians, a volunteer-based organisation, whereby various community projects and programmes are conducted through sport, health, education, sustainability and innovation. These programmes are also conducted through Habib’s current reign as Mr South Africa 2017 to spearhead change and making a difference in society.



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The modern era in the cricket world: How far have we really come?

The modern era in the cricket world: How far have we really come?

Cricket has a known history spanning from the 16th century till present, with international matches having been played since 1844. The game of cricket arrived in Australia as early as colonisation began in 1788. Cricketers started playing on turf wickets in the late 1800’s but the dimensions only became assimilated later for both the boundary and pitch. As the years evolved, cricket gear, protective equipment, playing surfaces and the three formats of the game gradually adapted to the laws of cricket.

Cricket continued between the 16th and 20th century, to be played as cricket was a common sport played for passion and pure enjoyment. Industries began to observe other potential global opportunities through diversified business ventures in the game (as well as in other sports played globally). Cricket subsequently became a career not only for players, but for administrators and coaches, the media, health professionals, managers and the corporate world. During the late 1900’s, the shorter version of the game (T20) was introduced in order to attract crowds to stadiums as well as brandings which would create a sustained nature to this format of the game through television viewing and broadcasting rights. One could argue that this venture was merely for business purposes or was a platform for enhancing the performance of cricketers.

Presently, the game of cricket has been significantly enhanced by optimising performances and forecasting frameworks for injury prevention among cricket players from the use of technology, sports sciences, and other mechanisms. Unfortunately, these were not available during the earlier years of cricket and it would prove efficient to observe how the great names of the game would have benefited from such developments. In addition, cricketers in the 21st century are faced with many overwhelming commitments. One of these is playing cricket for 11 months in a year, which equates to more than 250 days away from their families. Therefore, as the demand of players’ contracts increase, the commitment and performances levels from players increase.

Are such disadvantages contributing to the overload and injury risks of players? How far have we really come in the cricketing world or has all facets since the game’s inception become institutionalized to a business model? These are the fundamental questions which need to be addressed in conjunction with the drafting and implementation of legislations, policies and ethical considerations. These legislations will ensure that there is equilibrium of effective transitions and management of not only the players, but also the credibility of the wonderful game.

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  • It was a great pleasure to supervise Habib Noorbhai. He has unique abilities that I have not previously experienced in any of the PhD students I have assisted. I have not ever experienced this combination of personal abilities and drives in any other student. Other characteristics that I appreciated are his ability to be fearless – he is not daunted by any task he sets himself – and his desire to push the boundaries of knowledge, regardless of the personal consequences.

    ~ Prof Tim Noakes, Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town

  • Habib was warmly welcomed by the Redbacks team and staff and fitted in well. He carried out his duties diligently and efficiently. The players and staff had only had praise for his experise and enthusiasm during the CLT20 tournament and this was much appreciated by all. Habib also showed initiative outside his core duties by assisting the support staff on training days and always doing this to the best of his abilities. During this time, Habib had been well-organised, reliable and responsible.

    ~ Simon Cain, South Australian Redbacks Cricket, 2010

  • The service that I received from Habib Noorbhai was more than satisfactory. Habib was considerate about the fact that I had limited assistance with very limited time. He was more than helpful in terms of structuring my work, checking the content, and all other features of my work. I would recommend his assistance to any other person who needs guidance in similar tasks. Mr Noorbhai was patient, understanding and encouraging at all times. I would like to thank Mr Noorbhai for his assistance with my thesis completion.

    ~ Nicholas Christelis, University of Cape Town student, 2014.

  • Whomever Habib speaks or presents to, he does so with such enthusiasm, practically and is highly adaptable to his audience and the genre. It is a pleasure to listen to his unique insights and perspectives. One can't help but feel inspired to do and be more after interacting with him.

    Taahira Goolam Hoosen, University of Cape Town, 2016