Former England captain and well known cricket commentator Tony Greig died on Saturday. Greig, 66, was diagnosed with lung cancer recently.
Sydney: Former England captain and well known cricket commentator Tony Greig has died on Saturday. Greig, 66, was diagnosed with lung cancer recently.
Greig's son Mark had told The Sunday Telegraph his father's cancer had progressed to "stage four".
He was also diagnosed with bronchitis in May this year, but it was only in October that Greig announced he was battling lung cancer. Following the World Twenty20, where Greig had gone as a TV commentator, he underwent diagnostic tests which revealed that he had a lesion on his right lung. Further testing confirmed that the lesion was cancerous.
Greig also underwent an operation and chemotherapy to fight the condition.
While commentating during the coverage of the first Australia-South Africa Test in November, Greig spoke about the disease.
"It's not good. The truth is I've got lung cancer. Now it's a case of what they can do," Greig had said.
Born in Queenstown, South Africa, Greig qualified to play for England due to his Scottish parentage as his father was a Scot. In his 58-match Test career, Greig scored 3,599 runs and picked up 141 wickets. He played 22 ODIs and scored 269 runs and took 19 wickets.
Greig was a leading international allrounder for England. Considered a controversial figure, he helped Kerry Packer start the World Series Cricket by signing up many English as well as some West Indian and Pakistani cricketers.
The move ended up costing him England's captaincy. The best performance of Greig's captaincy career came in 1976-77, when England toured India for a five-Test series. The team had not won there for 15 years but went on to score one of their most convincing triumphs when they clinched the first three Tests by huge margins.
Greig turned into a successful commentator following the end of his playing career in 1977 and was forthright with his views. He was one of the most bitter critics of BCCI's opposition to the Decision Review System.