Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 7:30
Clive Rice dies aged 66


Former South African captain Clive Rice, who led the national team on their return from isolation, has died at the age of 66 in a Cape Town hospital yesterday 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, an all-rounder, played only 3 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.

After retirement, Rice continued to be active in cricket, returning to Nottinghamshire as coach between 1999 and 2002. In 2000 he signed a young Kevin Pietersen, who was looking to move away from South Africa for lack of opportunities.

The ICC chef executive David Richardson, who played for South Africa after Rice's era, called him a "giant of the game, not just in South Africa, but across the cricketing world.

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