Capel, who made his debut for England in 1987, was the head coach of Bangladesh women side for a period of 18 months between 2016 and 2018. He also worked as assistant coach of the England women’s team from 2013 to 2015.
Northampton-born Capel was a significant figure for Northamptonshire county and played over 300 First-Class and List-A matches. He went on to England in 38 international matches across formats, scoring 701 runs and taking 38 wickets. He later went on to serve Northamptonshire CCC as the head coach and team manager.
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“David’s dedication to cricket will be greatly missed and we would like to send our condolences to his family, and to everyone who knew and loved him,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement.
"This is hugely shocking and sad news for the English Cricket family and particularly those connected with Northants CCC. David was one of the finest all-rounders of his era and spent an astonishing 33 years at Wantage Rd,” said Tom Harrison, ECB chief executive.
"I had the privilege of playing with David, a hugely competitive and determined cricketer who was never beaten - an attitude he took into his battle with his illness.”
“A complex and private man on the surface, a kind and gentle one to those who knew him well. I will miss his friendship,” he added.