Clive Rice, The giant all - rounder of South African cricket team dies aged

Highlights:

  • 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 circuit.
  • Rice had learned he had a large brain tumour at the age of 49.
  • Rice was an all-rounder and played only three ODIs for South Africa because his career coincided with the country's sporting isolation during apartheid.
  • 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 country again.
  • 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.