First post-apartheid Proteas captain dies
Rice, who had been suffering from a brain tumour, played most of his cricket during South Africa’s 20-year isolation from the international game. He was selected for a 1971-72 tour of Australia, which was cancelled because of opposition to the South African government’s policy of apartheid.
When South Africa returned to the international fold in November 1991, Rice was appointed captain of a team which played three one-day internationals (ODIs) in India.
But he was controversially omitted from the South Africa team which played in the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with the selectors placing an emphasis on youth..
In an era of notable all-rounders, including Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev and Richard Hadlee, Rice’s exploits were limited to South African domestic cricket, the English county championship and Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket.
He excelled in them all. Rice captained the Transvaal ‘mean machine’ which dominated South Africa’s domestic competitions during the 1980s, led Nottinghamshire to their first county championship in 52 years and was one of the stars in the Packer matches.
Rice, who turned 66 five days ago, died in his native South <g data-gr-id="20">Afica</g> just over four months after receiving robotic radiation treatment in the Indian city of Bangalore, which he described in an interview in March as “miraculous”.