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Legendary Australia Wicketkeeper Dies At Aged 74 Following A Heart Attack

Legendary Australia Wicketkeeper Dies At Aged 74 Following A Heart Attack

Legendary Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh has died aged 74 after suffering a heart attack.

Marsh was taken ill last Thursday while travelling to a charity cricket match in Queensland.

He effected 355 dismissals – a world record at the time of his retirement – in 96 Test appearances for Australia from 1970 to 1984.

He also played 92 one-day internationals and served as Australia men’s chairman of selectors until 2016.

Marsh is third on Australia’s all-time dismissals list behind Adam Gilchrist with 416 and Ian Healy’s 395.

Australia Test great Mark Waugh described Marsh as “an absolute icon” of the sport.

Waugh continued: “I had the pleasure of working with Rod for a number of years as a selector and you wouldn’t meet a more honest, down to earth, kind-hearted person.”

Former Australia one-day international David Hussey paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “Rod will be missed.

“His saying, ‘cricket is a simple game made complicated’ still resonates with me.”
First Australian keeper to score a Test century

Marsh would go on to form a formidable partnership with fast bowler Dennis Lillee, with the pair combining for a record 95 Test dismissals.

However, he had a difficult start to his Test career and was nicknamed ‘Iron Gloves’ during his first series against England in 1970-71 after dropping numerous catches.

He came close to a maiden century during that Ashes series, making an unbeaten 92 in Melbourne before captain Bill Lawry declared with Australia nine down.

Marsh did not feel as though he had missed out on a century, saying that he thought Lawry should have declared much earlier.

He later became the first Australian wicketkeeper to score a Test century when he reached triple figures against England in the 1977 Centenary Test.

On the 1981 tour of England, Marsh became the first keeper to claim 100 dismissals in Ashes Tests.

After retiring Marsh commentated on Australian television before taking on a coaching role at the Australian National Academy.

He later took on a similar role with the England and Wales Cricket Board and was a selector for the men’s team from 2001 to 2005.

Marsh served as the Australian chairman of selectors from 2014 to 2016, stepping down after Australia were hammered at home by South Africa.

‘I thought he was invincible’ – cricket pays tribute to Marsh
Australia Test captain Pat Cummins said Marsh’s death had left a “massive void” in Australian cricket.

“I, along with countless other people in Australia, grew up hearing the stories of him as a fearless and tough cricketer,” Cummins said.

“His swashbuckling batting and his brilliance behind the stumps over more than a decade made him one of the all-time greats of our sport, not just in Australia, but globally.”

Former Australia captain Greg Chappell, who played alongside Marsh, described him as “the spiritual leader of the group”, while Ian Chappell said “anybody that met him enjoyed his company”.

Former Australia keeper Gilchrist said he was “stunned,” adding: “I thought he was invincible. He was my absolute idol and hero and inspiration as to why I pursued what I did. The impact he had on my life is profound.”

Ex-Australia all-rounder Shane Watson also paid tribute, stating he “wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for Rod and his amazing skill to know how to get the best out of every young cricketer”.

Ex-England bowler Chris Tremlett described Marsh as “a great man who helped guide me and many others on the right path in my younger years and taught me what it takes to play international cricket”.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is a keen cricket fan, wrote on Twitter that Marsh would be remembered as “one of Australia’s greatest ever Test cricket players”.

“As a kid he was my favourite player. He was a fierce competitor and a fine sportsman who valued what the game stood for,” Morrison added.

“Rod Marsh was a proud Western Australian and an absolute Aussie legend.”

 

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DEFENDING THE INTEREST OF NIGERIANS IS PARAMOUNT TO MY ADMINISTRATION, SAYS PRESIDENT BUHARI

 

As Evacuation of Nigerians from Ukraine Begins, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration will continue to defend the interest of Nigerians wherever they may be, even as the nation begins the evacuation of citizens stranded in the aftermath of the happenings in Ukraine.
President Buhari made this assertion Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya at a Townhall Meeting with a group of Nigerians resident in the country.

According to him, “on our part as a Government, we shall continue to defend the interests of all Nigerians wherever they may be. We have demonstrated this over time, as we have had cause to evacuate our citizens in harm’s way abroad. We did it in Libya, South Africa and we have just commenced doing the same in Ukraine, where thousands of our citizens, especially students, are trapped by the on-going war between Russia and Ukraine.”

He commended the diasporans in Kenya for the unity that exists among them, and peace with their host communities, urging them to respect the laws and be good ambassadors of Nigeria.

 

President Buhari who was represented at the event by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, reiterated that it was the determination of the current administration to forge a partnership with the ‘Ambassadors-at large’ towards building the country together that led to the establishment of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM).

He expressed delight that the Commission had been engaging the diasporans and had also come up with laudable programmes that would appeal to them.

According to the President, as part of his diasporan agenda, “we expect your willingness to ‘give back’ to Nigeria, some of your resources, talents, skills and global exposure in the development of our great country, Nigeria.”

He, therefore, encouraged the Ambassadors to key into the programmes of NiDCOM especially the Nigerian Diaspora Investment Trust Fund whose mandate is holistic for all Nigerians abroad adding that the platform would assist them to expeditiously contribute to the development of their fatherland.

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The President assured them that the administration is forging ahead with the provision of critical infrastructure for the collective prosperity of all despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and activities of terrorists.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, appreciated the Ambassadors for honouring the invitation, urging them to register with the Commission in order to have an up- to-date database of them for easy interface, adding that working with them, the Nigerian government will build the country of our dreams.

Dr Nicholas Ozor, the president of Nigerians in Diaspora (Kenya) on behalf of the diasporans expressed his appreciation to the President for always meeting with them when he is in the country as this boosts their morale. He appreciated efforts of the Nigerian High Commission officials for their support and care.

Dr Ozor however requested the President to intervene in some of the challenges confronting them, such as; the stoppage of visa on arrival for Nigerians; delay in getting student permits; obstacles to ease of doing business, and undue negative profiling of Nigerians.

Also present at the occasion were the Minister of State for the Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, National Security Adviser, Maj.Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd), and Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

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