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    Raman Subba Row passed away at the age of 92
Raman Subba Row passed away at the age of 92
Raman Subba Row batting against South Africa in 1960. Source: Central Press/Getty Images

Raman Subba Row passed away at the age of 92

Raman Subba Row, the former England opener and ICC match referee, who also had a long career in cricket administration, has died at the age of 92.

Subba Row played 13 Tests for England between 1958 and 1961, scoring three centuries and averaging 46.85. He retired from the game after his final international appearance at the age of 29. He went on to found a public relations firm but remained close to cricket, serving as chairman of Surrey and helping to establish the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB), the forerunner of the ECB.

He was England's oldest living men's Test cricketer at the time of his death.

Subba Row was born in Streatham and made his debut for Surrey in 1953 as part of the team led by Stuart Surridge that won seven consecutive County Championships. He left Surrey to join Northamptonshire in 1955 and was appointed captain in 1958. That same summer, he made his debut for England against New Zealand.

A finger injury prevented him from participating in the 1958-59 Ashes. However, by 1961, he was established in the side for the visit of Australia and scored centuries in the first and fifth Tests, helping England secure a 2-2 draw.

Subba Row's first-class career spanned ten years and 260 matches, during which he scored more than 14,000 runs and took 87 wickets with his legspin.

Following his retirement from playing, he played a key role in developing the commercial side of Surrey and The Oval. He also played a leading role in the foundation of the TCCB, of which he served as chairman between 1985 and 1990, to run the English game. In addition, he managed England's tour to India and Sri Lanka in 1981-82.

In 1991, he was awarded a CBE for his services to cricket. Between 1992 and 2001, he served as a match referee for the ICC, overseeing 41 Tests and 119 ODIs.

Wasim Khan, the ICC's General Manager of Cricket, expressed his sadness at the passing of Raman and extended his deepest condolences on behalf of everyone at the ICC.


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