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Clive Rice, first post-apartheid captain of South Africa Cricket team, passed away

Jul 29, 2015 18:16 IST

Former captain of the South Africa cricket team Clive Rice died on 28 July 2015 due to brain tumour in Cape Town. He was 66.

He was the first post-apartheid captain of South Africa cricket team that made historic first tour to India in 1991.

He represented South Africa for the first time in Kolkata on 10 November 1991 as captain and last time in New Delhi four days later. By then he was 42 and considered too old for the World Cup that followed in 1992.

Even though he played three One Day Internationals (ODIs) scoring 26 runs and two wickets, he was one of the best all-rounders of his time during 1980s when he played for Nottinghamshire and Transvaal. He captained Nottinghamshire in 1978.

He made his first-class debut in 1969, the year before South Africa were banished from international cricket because of the country’s policy of apartheid. In first-class cricket Rice scored 26331 runs at 40.95 and claimed 930 wickets at 22.49.

He would have made his Test debut on the 1971-72 tour of Australia but it was cancelled.

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