South African cricketer Clive Rice has died from septicaemia after being admitted to hospital on Sunday night and tributes have been pouring in.
The former cricketer was admitted after suffering from severe stomach pains and had long been suffering from brain cancer.
Dr Ali Bacher, former South African Test cricketer and an administrator of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, recalls several fond memories that he has of Rice with Stephen Grootes.
Clive was a formidable cricketer and a great competitor, he played it hard, played to win; but he played it clean. We have lost one of the greatest cricketers in the country. To his dying grave, he never gave up and believed he could beat any odds. Tragically, on this occasion, it was too much for him.— Ali Bacher, former South African Test cricketer
Retired Cricket player Fanie De Villiers says that his career would not have been what it was without Rice's positive influence.
He was a legend and my captain. In life there are very few people that move boundaries and change perceptions like how Clive did. He was an influencer and fast-tracked many careers. He changed systems and mobilised us as younger players. He was a proactive individual that played a major role in many people's lives. We need people like Clive to sell the gospel of believe. He helped me evolve my career in cricket, and I want to thank him.— Fanie De Villiers, retired cricket player
Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes: