Clive Rice was an all-rounder of great ability    Getty Images
Clive Rice was an all-rounder of great ability Getty Images

The first South African international captain following the country’s apartheid-related ban, Clive Rice, expired on Tuesday. Rice was an all-rounder of marvellous ability and one often wonders if he would have been as legendary an international all-rounder as Imran Khan, Gary Sobers and Ian Botham had he played more than three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in his career, thanks to the unfortunate timing of South Africa’s isolation. Nevertheless, Rice was a phenomenon in the county cricket circuit averaging about 42 with the bat and 22 with the ball. ALSO READ: Former South Africa captain Clive Rice passes away

The cricket world was deeply grieved by the passing away of a man of such great ability and expressed their emotions on Twitter. Unsurprisingly, most Tweets of homage came from the South African cricketing fraternity, though non-South Africans also expressed sympathy. Rice passed away after a long battle with brain tumour, which had earlier been operated on in India but finally got the better of the fine cricketer. ALSO READ: Clive Rice: An all-rounder in the league of Garry Sobers, Imran Khan and Ian Botham

 

 

 

 

 

Rice played majority of his county cricket for Nottinghamshire, where he was a famous captain. In remembrance of the legend, the club decided to fly the flag at their home ground Trent Bridge, at half mast.