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Clarke remembers Nawab of Pataudi

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Nawab of Pataudi

The ninth Nawab of Pataudi Jr overcame the loss of vision in his right eye to become a successful international player

ECB chairman Giles Clarke paid tribute to the former Indian Test captain, the ninth Nawab of Pataudi Jr, whose death was announced earlier today.

Born in India, but educated in England, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi overcame the loss of vision in his right eye following a car crash to become a successful international cricketer, playing 46 Test matches for his country between 1961 and 1975. He also captained Oxford University and Sussex.

Nicknamed ‘Tiger’, the Nawab’s father, the eighth Nawab, Iftikhar Ali Khan, represented both England and India in Tests and the family name lives on in the shape of the Pataudi Trophy, which is currently held by England as winners of the recent Test series between the two countries.

Clarke said: “The Nawab was a very talented batsman and fine cricketer who will be remembered as one of India’s greatest ever captains and he also made a significant contribution to the game as an administrator.

"He will be much missed in cricketing circles both in this country and in India and we send our sympathies and condolences to his family. “