Former England all-rounder David Capel passed away at the age of 57 due to prolonged illness on Wednesday. David was considered as a legendary figure in the Northamptonshire team as he spent an entire career with the club. He joined the club as a player, later became the captain then finished his career as the coach of the side.
Capel was inducted into club’s hall of fame after becoming the first player from Northamptonshire to play for England since 1910. He was inducted alongside Frank Tyson, Colin Milburn, Allan Lamb and Bishan Bedi for their contribution to the game.
The former all-rounder was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in 2018 and since then, his health started declining. During his illustrious career between 1981-98, he played 270 first-class matches and 300 List A games for the club.
Capel could only play 15 Tests and 23 ODIs for England during his brief career for England. But he ensired to perform really well in the domestic circuit.
ECB Chief Tom Harrison reacted on his demise as he said, “This is hugely shocking and sad news for the English Cricket family and particularly those connected with Northants CCC. David was one of the finest allrounders of his era and spent an astonishing 33 years at Wantage Road.”
“I had the privilege of playing with David, a hugely competitive and determined cricketer who was never beaten – an attitude he took into his battle with his illness. A complex and private man on the surface, a kind and gentle one to those who knew him well. I will miss his friendship.”