For­mer Eng­land cap­tain Don­ald Carr dies at 89

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LON­DON—Don­ald Carr, for­mer Eng­land skip­per and one of the well-known cricket ad­min­is­tra­tors of the post-war era, has died at the age of 89. The MCC flag at Lord’s, where Eng­land are play­ing Sri Lanka in the third Test, flew at half-mast as a mark of re­spect.

Carr played twice for Eng­land, once as cap­tain, on the 1951/52 tour of In­dia. He made al­most 20,000 first-class runs, in his 23-year ca­reer, was the skip­per of Der­byshire be­tween 1955 and 1962 and the Wis­den Crick­eter of the Year in 1960.

But Carr be­came bet­ter known as a cricket ad­min­is­tra­tor, serv­ing as sec­re­tary of the Test and County Cricket Board —the fore­run­ner of the cur­rent Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board.

Carr was also an as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of MCC, man­aged three Eng­land over­seas tours and later be­came an In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil match ref­eree.

Pay­ing trib­ute to Carr, ECB chair­man Colin Graves said:

“Cricket has lost one of its great­est friends; some­one who gave a life­time of ser­vice to our game; as a crick­eter, a cap­tain, a club sec­re­tary, an Eng­land tour man­ager, and, of course, as a se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tor - serv­ing MCC and the TCCB with dis­tinc­tion in a lead­er­ship role as the game moved into the mod­ern, pro­fes­sional era; and al­ways meet­ing the many dif­fi­cult chal­lenges he faced dur­ing this pe­riod with his cus­tom­ary good hu­mour and charm.

“He will be hugely missed by those who worked and played with him, and we send our con­do­lences and sym­pa­thies to all in the Carr fam­ily.”

MCC pres­i­dent Roger Knight added: “Don­ald’s ca­reer in cricket, es­pe­cially at Lord’s, is un­likely ever to be sur­passed.”

Carr’s son, John Carr, also be­came a first-class crick­eter, with Mid­dle­sex, and later fol­lowed his fa­ther into cricket ad­min­is­tra­tion.—AFP cham­pion, who re­vived his ti­tle de­fence with vic­tory at last month’s Monaco Grand Prix, clocked a best lap in one minute and 12.812 sec­onds, quicker than the cham­pi­onship-lead­ing Ger­man by 0.062 sec­onds.

Both men were un­able to im­prove their times on their fi­nal runs in the top-ten shootout but their ear­lier ef­forts were enough for them to lock out the front row for Mercedes again.

The two Wil­liams of Valt­teri Bot­tas and Felipe Massa were sev­enth and eighth ahead of Nico Hulken­berg of Force In­dia and two-time cham­pion Fer­nando Alonso of McLaren.

I tried guys, I tried,” said Vet­tel on team ra­dio. “Lost a bit of trac­tion out of the hair­pin, but not enough, not enough.”

On a cloudy and cool day, with an air temperature of 15 de­grees Cel­sius, and rain fore­cast,

Lewis Hamil­ton of Mercedes with team­mate Nico Ros­berg and Se­bas­tian Vet­tel of Fer­rari af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for the Cana­dian For­mula 1 Grand Prix at the Cir­cuit Gilles Vil­leneuve in Mon­treal.

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