Cape Town - The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed its sadness at the passing of a true great
of the game, former South Africa all-rounder Clive Rice, after a long illness
at the age of 66.
Over a first-class career
spanning 25 years, Rice scored 26 331 runs in 482 matches, including a highest
score of 246. A hugely respected fast-medium bowler, he claimed 930 wickets at
an average of 22.49 in a career where he also represented Nottinghamshire,
Transvaal, Natal and Scotland with distinction.
A destructive batsman and
feared fast bowler, he was a key part of Transvaal’s famed ‘Mean Machine’ in
the 1970s and 80s during which time he led Transvaal to three Currie Cup
titles. It was there, and with Nottinghamshire, where he led them to the County
Championship in 1981 and 1987, that he forged his reputation as a leading
In 1981 he was named as the
Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
Speaking on Tuesday, ICC Chief
Executive and former South Africa international David Richardson commented:
“Clive Rice was a giant of the game, not just in South Africa, but across the
cricketing world. Though his international appearances for the Proteas were
limited to just three ODIs, Clive was a hugely inspirational figure for those
of us who had the privilege to represent our country since readmission to
international cricket in 1991, and it was fitting that Clive was named as
captain of the national team on that historic first tour to India.
“Clive was hugely regarded
across the world game as a player, but later as a coach and mentor where he
inspired the likes of Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock and Jonty Rhodes, and he
will be greatly missed by those who knew him. On behalf of the ICC I would like
to extend our condolences to his wife Sue and children at this difficult time.”