Tributes have been paid to former England all-rounder David Capel, who has died at the age of 57.
Capel had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2018. His club Northampton confirmed he passed away at his home on Wednesday.
He made 15 Test appearances for his country, and 23 at one-day level. He was the first Northampton player in 77-years to play for England when he made his debut in 1987.
For his county, Capel made 270 first-class appearances between 1981 and 1998.
After his playing days, Capel took charge of the Northants academy, before eventually succeeding Kepler Wessels as head coach in 2006.
ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, 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 all-rounders of his era and spent an astonishing 33 years at Wantage Rd.
"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."
His former England team mate Allan Lamb tweeted, "David Capel all round person and a true gentlemen both on and off the field we are going to miss you buddy."
Very sad to hear my former team mate passed from a long suffering illness . David Capel all round person and a true gentlemen both on and off the field we are going to miss you buddy . RIP and condolences to your family
— Allan Lamb (@AllanLamb294) September 2, 2020
Former Ireland international Niall O'Brien wrote, "Sad news today with the passing of David Capel. A Steelback through and through and had the club running through his veins. Wishing his family all the best through these difficult times."
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