South Africa cricket hero Colin Bland passes away, aged 80



Bland was renowned for setting revolutionizing fielding standards in the 1960s. © Getty

Colin Bland, South African cricketer from the 1960s, passed away aged 80 at his home in London on Saturday night (April 14) after a prolonged battle with colon cancer. Bland represented South Africa in 21 Tests between 1961 and 1966, scoring 1669 runs at 49.08 including three centuries.

Bulawayo-born Bland enjoyed a great run playing first-class cricket for Rhodesia and was subsequently named in the national side for the home series against New Zealand in 1961. His international career ended in unfortunate circumstances at Johannesburg five years later when he crashed into a boundary fence while attempting to chase down a shot and severely injured his knee.

Bland was revered for revolutionising the fielding standards in the 60s, with the legendary Ali Bacher famously exclaiming that that Bland ‘was from a different planet.’ Post his playing career, Bland took up small coaching jobs and later moved to the UK, where he was employed as a fielding coach by the MCC as recently as 2004.

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