Former South African cricketer from the 1960’s, Colin Bland passed away at the age of 80.
He breathed his last at his residence in London on Saturday night (April 14). He battled with colon cancer for a long time before his death.
Bland was part of the South African XI in 21 Tests between 1961 and 1966. He scored 1669 runs at an impressive average of 49.08 which included three centuries as well.
Despite playing for South Africa, Colin Bland was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He had a terrific run as a first-class cricketer for Rhodesia.
Bland subsequently got named in the national side following his consistent performances for his domestic team.
He made his debut against New Zealand in the year 1961. His international career had a premature end though. It happened in Johannesburg five years later when he crashed into a boundary fence. He was attempting to chase a shot down and ended up injuring his knee pretty badly.
He was the pioneer of revolutionising fielding standards during the 60’s. Former legendary cricketer Ali Bacher claimed that Bland was from a different planet altogether.
Following his retirement, Bland took up coaching jobs and settled in the United Kingdom. His last coaching assignment was as a fielding coach by the MCC in 2004.