CRICKET Australia boss James Sutherland has paid tribute to former leg spinner Bob Holland after the 70-year-old died after a battle with brain cancer.
Holland, who went on to become a respected cricket administrator, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in March.
He had attended a a fundraising evening in his honour on Friday night in Newcastle held by former Test captain Mark Taylor but passed away Sunday afternoon while being treated in hospital after breaking ribs in a fall last week.
"Bob's cricketing journey was a remarkable one, having shown great persistence to make his first-class debut at the age of 32, and his Australian debut at the age of 38," Sutherland said.
"On the field, Bob contributed much to his state, New South Wales, and showed great skill and determination when representing his country.
"But Bob's contribution to our great game extended well beyond his on-field feats. "As a volunteer administrator with a passion for grassroots cricket, Bob had an enormous impact on the game in the Newcastle region of New South Wales.
"Ever popular and highly respected, Bob was a deserved Order of Australia recipient earlier this year.
"Bob will be sadly missed, and our thoughts are with his wife, Carolyn, and his family, friends and all those who crossed paths with him in the cricketing community at this time."