Brian Close became the youngest ever cricketer to represent England at the age of 18 © getty Images
Brian Close became the youngest ever cricketer to represent England at the age of 18 © getty Images

Former England, Yorkshire and Somerset captain, Brian Close‘s funeral is all set to take place at Leeds later in October this year. He died earlier this month in September, after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 84. The cricketer from Baildon became the youngest ever cricketer to represent England at the age of 18 and was the skipper of England on seven occasions in 22 Tests. A thanks giving service would be held in Headingley at St Chad’s Church, which would then be followed by the funeral ceremony in private. He is succeded by his wife Vivienne Close, along with a son and a daughter, reports BBC. ICC condoles passing away of Brian Close

Vivienne also paid tribute to Brian by saying that she considered him jusr Vrian rather than considering him as a cricketer. “I see him as my husband, the father of my children, someone who could be awkward, someone who I loved very much and who I know loved me,” she said. She also praised his dancing skills by saying that he was indeed a “wonderful dancer”. “He always maintained that cricketers should learn to ballroom dance because it keeps them on the toes. He was lovely but we argued because we both wanted to lead, which doesn’t work in ballroom dancing; there’s only one leader. He always won,” she added.

Close, who is still known for his brave display on field—be it facing the fastest of bowling or fielding at short leg—he did not hesitate one bit. One of the most famous quotes from the legendary cricketer is learning for all budding cricketers, whenever a cricketer complained about a trembled, or rubbed a bruise while playing, he said, “How can the ball hurt you? It’s only on you for a second.”