The England and Wales Cricket Council has forgiven the death of Ray Illingworth CBE, the former England captain, head coach and head coach, who died at the age of 89. Illingworth, who represented Yorkshire and Leicestershire with great distinction, enjoyed a 15- year international career (1958-73), making 61 appearances for his country. Nationally, his first-class career spanned a remarkable 32 years, starting in 1951 and hanging up his boots in 1983.
He was among a select group of players to have recorded 1,000 test runs and 100 test wickets, finishing with a batting average of 23.24 of 1,836 runs and 122 wickets at an average of 31. He has also captained England 31 times, including on the victorious Ashes tour. from Australia in 1970-71. His record in the county game and his longevity demonstrated that he was an elite performer at the national level. His first-class career eventually ended with a total of 24,134 races and 2,072 wickets. He led Yorkshire to three successive County Championship victories from 1966 to 1968.
He was also named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1960. At the end of his playing career, Illingworth’s knowledge and insight made him a successful media expert. In the 1990s he was chairman of the England men’s selection committee for three years and was England men’s coach from 1995 to 1996. He was chairman of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 2010-11. ECB CEO Tom Harrison said in an official statement: “It is always incredibly sad to lose a person who has given so much to the English game and to the sport of cricket in general.”
“Ray was a superb cricketer, and his deep love, passion and knowledge of the game allowed him to continue contributing long after his playing days were over. We send our warmest condolences and wishes to friends and Ray’s family at this difficult time, ”he said. added. (ANI)
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