Former England skipper Donald Carr passes away

Former England skipper Donald Carr passes away

Hamza Ali
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It was a sad day in the cricketing world as Donald Carr, the former England skipper and one of the well-known cricket administrators of the post-war era, passed away at the age of 89. Carr played two Tests for England, once as captain, on the 1951/52 tour of India.

He had a lengthy First Class career spanning 23 years and 446 matches. He made almost 20,000 first-class runs was the skipper of Derbyshire between 1955 and 1962 and the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1960.

Carr, later on, earned a great reputation as a cricket administrator, serving as secretary of the Test and County Cricket Board the forerunner of the current England and Wales Cricket Board.

He was also an assistant secretary of MCC and managed three England overseas tours, and later becoming an International Cricket Council match referee.

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The MCC flag at Lord’s, where England are playing Sri Lanka in the third Test, flew at half-mast as a mark of respect.

Paying tribute to Carr, ECB chairman Colin Graves said, “Cricket has lost one of its greatest friends; someone who gave a lifetime of service to our game; as a cricketer, a captain, a club secretary, an England tour manager, and, of course, as a senior administrator – serving MCC and the TCCB with distinction in a leadership role as the game moved into the modern, professional era; and always meeting the many difficult challenges he faced during this period with his customary good humour and charm.

“He will be hugely missed by those who worked and played with him, and we send our condolences and sympathies to all in the Carr family.”

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MCC president Roger Knight added: “Donald’s career in cricket, especially at Lord’s, is unlikely ever to be surpassed.”

Carr’s son, John Carr, also became a first-class cricketer, with Middlesex, and later followed his father into cricket administration.