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    The ICC has offered its deep condolences on the sad demise of former England captain and celebrated commentator Tony Greig, who passed away after losing his battle with lung cancer in Sydney on Saturday.



    ICC chief executive David Richardson expressed his sadness on hearing the news and said, "This is an extremely sad news for cricket and the ICC send their condolences to Tony's family and in particular his wife Vivian."
    "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 -- primarily for the Nine Network in Australia " Richardson added.

    Richardson said that Greig's wise words will be missed by cricketers, administrators and spectators around the world.
    "I met with him on several occasions during the recent ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lank where he was a senior commentator for our broadcast partner ESS.

    "He was also a regular visitor to the ICC offices in Dubai when commentating for Ten Sports. I am sure that I will not be alone in saying that he and his wise words will be missed by cricketers, administrators and spectators around the world," he said.

    The ICC CEO described Greig as one of the leading all-rounders of his generation. "His figures in Test matches show that he was one of the leading all-rounders of his generation with a batting average of above 40 and a bowling average around 32."
    The 66-year-old Grieg breathed his last at a hospital here after being brought in a critical condition. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in October this year after undergoing treatment for what was initially thought to be bronchitis in May.
    He underwent tests after the World Twenty20 Championships in Sri Lanka and it was revealed that there was a small lesion at the base of his right lung.
    In his 58-match Test career, Greig scored 3,599 runs at an average of 40.43 and picked up 141 wickets. He slammed eight centuries during his Test career. In 22 ODIs that he played, Greig scored 269 runs and managed 19 wickets.


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    Default Tony Greig and controversy were never far apart



    Former England captain Tony Greig, one of the architects of cricket's World Series revolution in the 1970s, died at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack at his Sydney home on Saturday.
    Greig, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in October, was taken to a Sydney hospital but died at about 1:45 pm (0245 GMT).


    "The staff of the emergency department worked on Mr Greig to no avail," a spokesman at St Vincent's hospital told local media.
    A larger-than-life figure standing 6ft 6in (1.98 metres), South Africa-born Greig was an outstanding all-rounder who played 58 Tests for England from 1972-77, scoring 3,599 runs at 40.43 including eight centuries and claiming 141 wickets at 32.20 each. He was also a brilliant slip fielder, taking 87 catches in Test matches.
    Greig could bowl at either a lively medium-pace or, on occasion, employ quickish off-spin, using his height and bounce in the latter style to take 13 wickets and win a Test match in the Caribbean.


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    But Greig and controversy were never far apart and on the same West Indies tour in 1974 he ran out Alvin Kallicharran while the batsman was walking back to the pavilion after the last ball of the day had been bowled.
    Technically Kallicharran was out as the umpire had not yet indicated play had officially ended, but after spectators invaded the ground and threatened to riot, the batsman was recalled.
    Later that year on the Ashes tour of Australia, Greig sometimes seemed to be playing the Australians on his own as Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson blitzed the hapless England batsmen with their pace, menace and bounce.
    He was promoted to the captaincy in the following year after England lost the first Ashes Test at home and immediately infused his own aggression and determination into the team who drew the next three Tests against one of the strongest sides in history.
    However, in 1976 Greig attracted further unwanted controversy before a series against West Indies when he said he intended to make the tourists "grovel".
    The use of the word by a white South African in a time of heightened racial tensions enraged the West Indies, whose fast bowlers noticeably lifted their pace when Greig arrived at the crease on their way to a 3-0 series victory.



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    Greig's biggest impact on the game came after he joined forces in 1977 with late Australian businessman Kerry Packer to set up the breakaway World Series Cricket (WSC) competition.
    Media magnate Packer's concept, aimed at securing cricket broadcast rights for his Channel Nine in Australia, shook up the game's world order by pioneering limited overs matches played at night and turning cricketers into full-time professionals.
    Greig's signature lent credibility to WSC and he played a key role in recruiting disaffected players to the controversial competition which lasted only two years but permanently changed the face of the game.
    "He influenced all those guys from overseas, certainly, and the West Indies to join World Series Cricket and it was great for cricket what he had done," former Australia batsman Doug Walters, who played in the WSC competition, told Sky News.
    "Greig was one of the great competitors of cricket...he was someone that really took the fight to Australia, but he took the fight to everybody.
    "Win, lose or draw he was the first guy in our dressing room with a couple of beers in his hands."



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    oh so sad i loved his commentary
    My love, the spark that ignited the day we met
    remains an eternal flame.











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