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SBD Global/December 31, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Former England Cricket Captain Tony Greig Dies At Age 66
Published December 31, 2012
SAD NEWS FOR CRICKET: In London, Scyld Berry reported Int'l Cricket Council CEO DAVID RICHARDSON said: “Tony played a significant part in shaping modern cricket as a player in the 1970s and then provided millions of cricket lovers with a unique insight as a thoughtful and knowledgeable commentator.” Greig's former teammate GEOFF BOYCOT had "offered him advice about combating cancer after Greig had been diagnosed with it this year." Boycot: "Tony was mentally ready to tackle the disease and prepared for his chemotherapy in the new year. His death has come as a huge shock." The tributes "extended beyond cricketers past and present." Australia Prime Minister JULIA GILLARD and Sports Minister KATE LUNDY released a joint statement saying: "Australia has lost one of the iconic voices of sport with the passing of Tony Greig" (TELEGRAPH, 12/29).
TRIBUTES POUR IN: In London, Nick Duxbury wrote a "take-no-prisoners attitude allied with flair was one of the many tributes" paid to Greig. Former England Test captain IAN BOTHAM said Greig was a "flamboyant and extrovert" figure. Botham added Greig "changed cricket for everybody as we know it now. He revolutionised the game." Former England cricketer NASSER HUSSAIN praised Greig as "a dramatic sort of guy with the blond locks and his collar up," for revolutionizing cricket. England and Wales Cricket Board Chair GILES CLARKE described Greig as "magnificent and fearless" (GUARDIAN, 12/29). Former teammate BOB WILLIS added: "He had a tremendous effect on my career. He persuaded me to get really fit and that revolutionised my career. I never had another injury and went on to take over 300 Test wickets. It’s a sad day for cricket. Sixty-six is no sort of innings" (SUNDAY TIMES, 12/30).