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South African legend Clive Rice 'a giant of the game'

By Staff Reporter

Former South Africa and Nottinghamshire captain Clive Rice has been hailed as "courageous and inspirational" and "a giant of the game" after his death at the age of 66.

He had been battling a brain tumour and passed away in a Cape Town hospital yesterday.

Rice was a hugely respected captain and player, notably for Nottinghamshire and Transvaal, but saw his full international ambitions thwarted for 20 years by South Africa's sporting exile during the apartheid era.

Eventually, at the age of 42, he captained his country in three one-day internationals against India after readmission marking the start and the end of his South Africa career.

He remains a revered figure at Trent Bridge, where he formed a famous partnership with Sir Richard Hadlee, and skippered the team to its first County Championship in 52 years in 1981 before adding a second title in 1987.

Rice, who ended his first-class career with Natal in 1994, returned to Nottinghamshire as cricket manager and encouraged a young Kevin Pietersen, who had grown frustrated at the South African quota system, to join Nottinghamshire - effectively paving the way for the player's England career.

He also played for and captained Scotland as their overseas professional in 1988 and 1989, while playing club cricket for West of Scotland.

The Proteas will wear black armbands when they take on Bangladesh during this week's Test in Dhaka.

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