‘Like a dagger in my heart’ – Alan Brazil pays emotional tribute to former cricketer Graham Cowdrey who died aged 56

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talkSPORT host Alan Brazil paid tribute to former Kent cricketer Graham Cowdrey who tragically died aged just 56.

The news was announced on Wednesday that Cowdrey had passed away following a short illness.

Graham Cowdrey played 450 times for Kent

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Graham Cowdrey played 450 times for Kent

Brazil was speaking on Thursday’s Sports Breakfast and recalled memories of the cricketer.

He said: “It was really, really sad news.

“When we used to go to Glorious Goodwood and we had the cricket match where you [Coral’s Dave Stevens] and I used to stand in the bar, you had Simon [Clare] taking it all serious with his whites and a Mr Graham Cowdrey – who we sadly got the news had passed at the age of 56.

“Graham was a lovely man. Kent cricketer, of course, and scored lots of runs with centuries for Kent.

“Brother of Chris and son of the fantastic Sir Colin Cowdrey.

“It was like a dagger in my heart yesterday when I was told. So, so sad.”

Graham Cowdrey was most recently a match referee with the ECB

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Graham Cowdrey was most recently a match referee with the ECB

Cowdrey played 450 times for Kent during a 14-year career scoring more than 14,000 runs.

He later became a cricket liaison officer and match referee with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

He was part of the storied Cowdrey family with his father, Colin, an all time great of the sport and his brother, Chris, also captaining England.

Graham Cowdrey was also best friends with comedian Rory Bremner who paid tribute to him on social media.

He wrote: “So sad to lose my best friend (and best man) Graham Cowdrey yesterday. He made me laugh more than anyone else.

“So funny, kind and generous. Great batsman too. Joins dad in the Pavilion all too soon. Play a Van song for him today. #thehealinghasbegun.”

Cowdrey’s nickname was Van due to his love of the musician Van Morrison, whom he reportedly watched live more than 250 times.

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