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Such is the love for the game! Scotland ex-cricketer, 83, plays with oxygen cylinder on back, WATCH

The veteran, who has played 14 first-class matches in Scotland and made his debut in 1967 against English county side Lancashire, still appears in games in the role of the wicket-keeper.

Alex Steele plays a cricket match with an oxygen cylinder on his back. (Picture: Instagram screengrab/cricketgraph)

By: Shubham Ghosh

LOVE for the game of cricket is not something new in South Asia but the recent act by Scottish cricketer Alex Steele perhaps beats every other tale of cricketing passion. And he did it at the age of 83!

The veteran, who has played 14 first-class matches in Scotland and made his debut in 1967 against English county side Lancashire, still appears in games in the role of the wicket-keeper. Recently, a video of Steele became viral while he took the field for Forfarshire Cricket Club because he was carrying an oxygen cylinder on his back while keeping the wickets.

 

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The octagenarian, who suffers from a terminal respiratory disease for the last three years, was not in any mood to give up the game.

During his playing days in first-class cricket, Steele scored 621 runs at an average of just below 25 with two half-centuries, both of which came against Ireland. He also took 11 catches behind the wickets and did two stumpings.

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