Cricket Maestro C D Patel passes away

Tuesday 03rd February 2015 09:41 EST

Former Dar-es-Salaam, Zambia and East African cricketer, Chimanbhai Dayabhai Patel, commonly known as C D Patel passed away on 28th January aged 83. Born on 28th January, 1932 in Dodoma, Tanzania, Patel started playing cricket at Shri Prata High School, Baroda, India. In 1950, he went to the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda to study Bachelor of Science. During that time, he played for the University XI regularly. Patel had scored 4 centuries during his 5 years at the university. He played many matches against the Indian test team and ultimately, he became the Vice Captain of the University XI. Patel played on the international stage with names such as Freddy Truman, Statham, Cartwright, Hazare, Graveny and many others. The right-handed batsman and off spin bowler played for Tanzania between 1956 to 1967, for Zambia between 1968 to 1972 and played first-class cricket for East Africa as well.

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