Tony Greig, former England captain and cricket pundit, dies at 66

Tony Greig

Tony Greig, a former England cricket captain who went on to become a celebrated commentator and attained fame in India, passed away after suffering a heart attack while battling lung cancer here today.

Greig was 66. He breathed his last at a hospital here after being brought in a "critical condition".

"He was rushed into St Vincent's Hospital. The staff of the emergency department worked on Mr. Greig to no avail." hospital spokesman David Faktort said.

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.

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.

Greig's son Mark had stated that his father's cancer had progressed to "stage four".

While commentating during the coverage of the first Australia-South Africa 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. His father was a Scot.

Greig was a leading international all-rounder 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 to start the World Series Cricket with Packer 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.

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