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Raman Subba Row CBE

Raman Subba Row CBE

Nikhil Patel20 Apr - 09:31
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We are saddened to announce that Raman Subba Row passed away on Wednesday 17th April at the age of 92 .

Raman Subba Row CBE

We are saddened to announce that Raman Subba Row passed away on Wednesday 17th April at the age of 92 . At the time of his death he was England’s oldest living cricketer.

Celebrating a life dedicated to the game of cricket he left Whitgift School in South London in 1951 after playing several seasons in the first eleven. He then moved to Cambridge University where he was gained 3 blues against Oxford University.

In 1953, after University, he began his cricket career with Surrey County Cricket Club at the Oval in London, a place which he often referred to as his second home. Later that year George Duckworth invited Raman to be part of the Commonwealth touring cricket side to India.

Unable to secure a permanent place in Surrey’s multiyear winning side, he moved to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club in 1955 where he became county captain in 1958. It was this move that caught the eye of the England selectors with him being awarded the first of his 13 England caps in July 1958 against New Zealand. He scored a century in both his first and last tests against Australia in 1961. During his short playing career he amassed over 15,000 test and county runs and took 87 wickets. Raman was one of Wisden cricketers of the year in 1961.

Life after playing cricket took him into the world of public relations, whilst returning to Surrey County Cricket Club to help drive a programme of ground development, commercial sponsorship and creating long term income with Bernie Coleman, Derek Newton and Brian Downing.

In 1981 he managed England’s cricket tour to India and Sri Lanka, captained by Keith Fletcher. Between 1985 and 1990 he was Chairman of the Test and County Cricket Board, now known as the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Upon his retirement from business Raman became one of the first ICC referees overseeing 160 tests and one day internationals and then finally a pitch liaison officer with the infamous Oval groundsman, Harry Brind.

From his school days Raman dedicated his life to the development of the game of cricket, enjoying the warm cricketing friendships created from the Caribbean to New Zealand and everything geographically in between. He believed that the game of cricket should be enjoyed by everyone everywhere, something promoted by the Lord’s Taverners, MCC Foundation and the ECB today. In 1991 he was awarded a CBE by the late Queen Elizabeth II for services to cricket.

He is survived by his wife Anne, daughter Michele, son Alistair, 8 grandchildren and a great grand daughter. His eldest son Christopher sadly passed away in 2021.

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