Roy Torrens, former President of the Irish Cricket Union and Ireland Men’s team manager for 12 years has died at the age of 72.
Torrens was born in Derry in 1948.
He got his international debut for Ireland on 20 July 1966 against Middlesex at Ormeau.
He was capped 30 times between 1966 and 1984, taking 77 wickets at 25.66 apiece, with a best of 7-40.
After playing retirement he became President of the Irish Cricket Union in 2000, and in 2004 the Ireland Men’s team manager - a role he held for 12 years.
Vale Roy Torrens.
The Board and staff of Cricket Ireland are saddened to learn of the passing of our beloved friend, Roy Torrens - a true great of Irish cricket.
— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) January 23, 2021
Cricket Ireland released a statement with the news on Saturday afternoon.
Reacting to it, Ross McCollum, Chair of Cricket Ireland, said:
“I am greatly saddened to learn of the loss of our great friend, Roy Torrens. Roy was a truly remarkable character, an immense presence in Irish cricket, and a truly great friend - not just personally, but to many people within and outside the cricket family.”
“He was a player, a team manager, a President and - most importantly - an inspiration to all he met.”
“It goes without saying, but we will miss him greatly and our hearts go out to Joan, the family and his friends at this time."