[caption id="attachment_702708" align="alignnone" width="594"]<img class="size-full wp-image-702708" alt="Colin Bland at extreme right corner Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/6374728081.jpg" width="594" height="355" /> Colin Bland at extreme right corner Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>Johannesburg [South Africa]: </strong>Cricket South Africa (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/CSA">CSA</a>) has condoled the death of former all-rounder Colin Bland, who recently passed away in London. Referred as `one of the greatest fielders` the game has ever seen, Bland passed away at his home in London after fighting a long battle against colon cancer. <p></p> <p></p>Paying homage to Bland, CSA Acting Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said,"On behalf of the CSA Family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and his many cricketing colleagues," commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Thabang Moroe." <p></p> <p></p>Meanwhile, former South African cricketer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Jonty-Rhodes">Jonty Rhodes</a> also took to his Twitter account and expressed his grief on the demise of Bland by describing him as the 'father of fielding', Sport24 reported. <p></p> <p></p>"Sad to hear about the passing of the #fatheroffielding Colin Bland this past weekend. RIP and condolences to his family #fieldingrevolution,"he wrote. <p></p> <p></p>Former South African fielder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/herschelle-gibbs">Herschelle Gibbs</a> also took to his social media handle to mourn the demise of Bland. <p></p> <p></p>"I was told he was something special in the field," Gibbs said. <p></p> <p></p>Bulawayo-born Bland had appeared in a total of 21 Test matches for South Africa against New Zealand, Australia and England between a period of 1961 and 1966. <p></p> <p></p>However, his career was cut short after he sustained a bad knee injury while he was trying to save a boundary during the opening Test of the home series against Australia in 1966.