Clive Rice

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Clive Rice
Personal information
Full name Clive Edward Butler Rice
Born (1949-07-23) 23 July 1949 (age 65)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 7) 10 November 1991 v India
Last ODI 14 November 1991 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1992/93–1993/94 Natal
1970/71–1991/92 Transvaal
1988–1989 Scotland
1987 MCC
1975–1987 Nottinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA
Matches 3 482 479
Runs scored 26 26331 13474
Batting average 13.00 40.95 37.32
100s/50s 0/0 48/137 11/79
Top score 14 246 169
Balls bowled 138 48628 17738
Wickets 2 930 517
Bowling average 57.00 22.49 22.63
5 wickets in innings 0 23 6
10 wickets in match n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 1/46 7/62 6/18
Catches/stumpings 0/- 401/- 175/-
Source: CricketArchive, 18 January 2008

Clive Edward Butler Rice (born 23 July 1949) is a former South African international cricketer. An all-rounder, Rice ended his first class cricket career with a batting average of 40.95 and a bowling average of 22.49.

His career coincided directly with South Africa's sporting isolation, and his international experience was limited to his post-prime days. He played three One Day Internationals for South Africa following the country's return from sporting isolation. He was controversially left out of the squads for the one-off Test against the West Indies and the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

Early and domestic career[edit]

Born to Patrick and Angela,[1] Rice began his career with Transvaal in 1969 and was called up for South Africa's (ultimately cancelled) tour of Australia in 1971–72. In South African domestic cricket he successfully led the 1980s Transvaal, known as the "Mean Machine",[2] to three Castle Currie Cups and other one-day competition victories. Toward the end of his playing career, he played for and captained Natal.

Career in English domestic cricket[edit]

Rice played for Nottinghamshire in the English County Championship in a side that also featured internationals Richard Hadlee and Derek Randall. As captain, he led the side to the County Championship title in both 1981 and 1987, winning the prestigious award of being named a Wisden cricketer of the year for his exploits in 1981.[3] He later played for Scotland.

International cricket[edit]

Along with other South African players, excluded from international cricket by the sporting boycott of South Africa due to his country's policy of apartheid, Rice joined the controversial World Series Cricket setup.

During the 1980s, a number of rebel cricket teams visited South Africa to play unofficial "Test" matches. Rice captained the home side for the majority of these fixtures.

Rice was able to make his debut in official international cricket in 1991, when, aged 42, he played in—and captained—South Africa's first One Day International, in a match against India at Eden Gardens, Calcutta.[4] Rice finished with averages of 13 with the bat and 57 with the ball from his three One Day International matches.[5]

Later career and personal life[edit]

After retirement Rice worked as coach for Nottinghamshire and encouraged Kevin Pietersen to leave South Africa to qualify for England.[6][7][8] He currently works for a street-lighting company called Envirolight in Johannesburg and his wife Susan heads a Sports Tour and Bush safari company. The couple have two children.

Rice's grandfather Phillip Syndercombe Bower played cricket for Oxford University while his brother Richard was selected for Transvaal but was unable to play due to exams.[1]

Opinions about match fixing[edit]

In September 2010, Rice claimed in an interview to Fox News that betting syndicates were involved in the deaths of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer and former South African captain Hansie Cronje. Fox Sports quoted Rice as saying: "These mafia betting syndicates do not stop at anything and they do not care who gets in their way." Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson had earlier told Fox Sports that match-fixing "might not be about money, it might be about extortion, and all the things that go on".[9]


  1. ^ a b Sproat, p. 341.
  2. ^ Player Profile, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 29 March 2009
  3. ^ Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, Retrieved on 29 March 2009
  4. ^ India v South Africa, South Africa in India 1991/92 (1st ODI), ODI no. 686, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 16 April 2009
  5. ^ Player Profile, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 16 April 2009
  6. ^ South Africa's decline because of 'apartheid in reverse', Cricinfo, Retrieved on 29 March 2009
  7. ^ Rice furious at 'apartheid in reverse', The Telegraph, Retrieved on 24 July 2011
  8. ^
  9. ^ Mafia killed woolmer and Cronje: Rice


  • Sproat, I. (1988) The Cricketers' Who's Who 1988, Willow Books: London. ISBN 0 00 218285 8.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Smedley
Nottinghamshire County cricket captain
Succeeded by
Tim Robinson
Preceded by
South African ODI cricket captain
Succeeded by
Kepler Wessels