Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Ecb Chairman Colin Graves Pays Tribute To Graveney

ECB chairman Colin Graves paid tribute to Worcestershire legend Tom Graveney who died yesterday after a long battle against Parkinson's Disease.

Graves said: “I count myself privileged to have seen Tom Graveney bat. He was one of the game’s great stylists; a batsman whose name became synonymous with elegance and whose perfectly executed cover drive will live long in the memory of those who saw it.

“He was also a true gentleman; someone who served our county game with distinction and who, later in life, gave back much to the game he so dearly loved by becoming MCC President.

“We send our condolences to his family, and to all his many friends and former colleagues within the world of cricket, both in this country and overseas.”

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell tweeted: "Sad to lose someone who's had such a huge impact on our club's history and a lovely man! RIP Tom Graveney."

County keeper Ben Cox tweeted: "RIP Tom Graveney. It was great to meet him and was always amazing to have him at Cheltenham in the dugout to support the @WorcsCCC team!"

Former England skipper and paceman Bob Willis said: "I had the privilege of playing against him in his last first-class season in 1970.

"Elegance is the word to describe him – he was always immaculately turned out whether he was on or off the field and he really did grace a cricket ground's presence when he was out in the middle."