Clive Rice, The giant all - rounder of South African cricket team dies aged
Clive Rice, the former South Africa captain who led the
national team on their return from isolation, has died at the age of 66 in a
Cape Town after suffering from a brain tumour.
His death has been mourned by cricketers from across the
globe, including in England where he was a leading player on the county
Rice had learned he had a large brain tumour at the age of
Rice was an all-rounder and played only three ODIs for South
Africa because his career coincided with the country's sporting isolation
At the age of 22, he had been selected for the 1971-72 tour
of Australia before it was cancelled.
Then at the age of 42, Rice captained
South Africa in their first series after the end of isolation - to India in
1991- but was left out of their 1992 World Cup squad and did not play for his
His first-class career comprised 482 matches primarily for
Transvaal, Natal and Nottinghamshire.
He scored 26,331 runs at an average of 40.95 and took 930
wickets at 22.49 apiece between 1969 and 1994.
He also played 479 List A matches, making 13,474 runs and
taking 517 wickets.
Rice made his first-class debut in 1969-70, just before
South Africa were isolated by the international cricket community, and moved to
Nottinghamshire in 1975, captaining them between 1979 and 1987.
He led them to the county championship title in 1981 for the
first time since 1929, and then again in 1987.
After retirement, Rice continued to be active in cricket,
returning to Nottinghamshire as coach between 1999 and 2002.