PORT OF SPAIN – Former West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago cricketer Rangy Nanan is dead.
Nanan, 62, passed away at the Couva District Hospital after falling ill at his home in Preysal this morning.
Nanan’s brother, Jai Nanan, said his brother suffered a heart attack around 9.20 a.m. and died an hour later. He added his brother had also suffered a stroke four years ago and had been bed-ridden.
He said that on Friday Nanan complained of body pains and his family took him to the St Clair Medical Centre where he was warded for five days.
“He was discharged on Tuesday and came home. He was talking and everything. He had been following the T20 tournament in India. This morning he told his wife he got a pain, and that was it,” Nanan said.
Nanan, a high quality regional off-spinner, had the misfortune to be plying his trade at the time Clive Lloyd’s all-pace strategy was taking hold. A leading offspinner for Trinidad for almost two decades, his best season was in 1981-82 when he took 32 Shell Shield wickets in five matches and when he retired he was their leading wicket-taker in the competition. He was no mean batsman either with a first-class hundred to his name.
Nanan’s one Test came in Pakistan at Faisalabad in 1980-81 where he took four wickets but impressed with his tight control, and took two important catches. His first class debut was in 1973, and he captained the Trinidad and Tobago senior team from 1984-1991. He played in 94 first class matches during which he took 366 wickets and scored 2,607 runs.
Following his retirement, he served as a police officer, a liaison officer for the West Indies team and was a volunteer for the Cricket World Cup 2007 in the Caribbean.
Today the West Indies Cricket Board expressed its regrets at Nanan’s passing and offered its condolences to his family and close friends.