ECB mourn passing of oldest living cricketer Raman Subba Row

During his short playing career Raman amassed over 15,000 Test and county runs and took 87 wickets


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Raman was one of Wisden cricketers of the year in 1961.  Photo ECB
Raman was one of Wisden cricketers of the year in 1961. Photo ECB

Published: Thu 18 Apr 2024, 6:41 PM

Last updated: Thu 18 Apr 2024, 6:44 PM

The former England batsman Raman Subba Row has died aged 92, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Thursday.

At the time of his death, he was England's oldest living men's Test cricketer.

Subba Row played first-class cricket for Cambridge University and then joined the powerful Surrey side of the 1950s that won seven successive County Championships.

Unable to secure a permanent first-team place at The Oval, he moved to Northamptonshire, where he was appointed captain in 1958.

That year also saw Subba Row win the first of his 13 England caps and in 1961 he scored a century in both his first and last Tests against Australia. In all, he scored 984 Test runs at an average of over 46.

After retiring to pursue a business career, he was the manager of England's tour of India and Sri Lanka in 1981.

Subba Row also served five years as chairman of the Test and County Cricket Board, the forerunner of the ECB, from 1985-90.

He later became one of the International Cricket Council's first match referees, overseeing 160 fixtures.

"We are extremely saddened to hear of Raman's passing," said ECB chair Richard Thompson.

"He was a great cricket man and his remarkable cricket career saw success both on and off the field -- as a player, official, administrator and chair of both Surrey and the Test and County Cricket Board.

"Our sport owes him an enormous debt of gratitude, and on behalf of the ECB, we would like to send our sincere condolences to Raman's friends and family at this sad time."

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