Friday 6 December 2013 

Cricket Remembers Nelson Mandela

Cricket Remembers Nelson Mandela
This South African flag, flown at half mast in a small village (Corby Glen) in Lincolnshire, epitomises the impact made by Mandela during his life
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The death of Nelson Mandela has prompted an outpouring of grief from around the world - and cricketers have paid their tributes to him.

Mandela, South Africa's first black President, came to power in 1994 following the first free elections in the country.

Imprisoned for more than 27 years, he was released in 1990 and strived to unite South Africa during his five years in power.

While he will be forever linked with rugby union after donning a Springboks shirt to hand over the William Webb Ellis Cup to Francois Pienaar in 1995, he was a fan of all sports, and passionately believed in its potential to unite and inspire his country.

Following the end of apartheid, international sport once again embraced South Africa, which subsequently hosted the Cricket World Cup in 2003 and its footballing equivalent in 2010.

Tributes have been paid to Mandela, who passed away aged 95 in the company of his family, from around the world but here are some from the world of cricket - from South Africa and beyond.

May he rest in peace.

© Cricket World 2013