Former England captain Ray Illingworth dies at 89

London, Dec 25 (UNI) Former England captain, head coach and chair of selectors Ray Illingworth passed away at the age of 89 on Saturday.

Illingworth had a 15-year international career between 1958-73 and made 61 appearances for England. His first-class career spanned for 32 years, debuting in 1951 and retiring in 1983.


The all-rounder, who also represented Yorkshire, had been undergoing radiotherapy for esophageal cancer, BBC reported.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) expressed sadness on learning the demise of Illingworth.

“It’s always incredibly sad to lose a person who has given so much to the English game, and to the sport of cricket in general,” said Tom Harrison, CEO of ECB.

“Ray was a superb cricketer, and his deep love, passion and knowledge for the game meant he continued to contribute long after his playing days had finished. We send our sympathy and warmest wishes to Ray’s friends and family at this difficult time.”

Illingworth, who played 61 Tests and 3 ODIs, led England to an away Test series win over Australia 1970-71. He served as chairman of selectors for three years, and coached England between 1995-96.

He was also the president of Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 2010-11.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that Ray Illingworth has passed away,” Yorkshire County Cricket Club tweeted.

“Our thoughts are with Ray’s family and the wider Yorkshire family who held Ray so dear to their hearts.”