The cricketing world has expressed grief over the demise of former England captain and noted TV commentator Tony Greig, who passed away on Saturday after a failed battle with lung cancer.
Greig, had earlier revealed being diagnosed with a form of lung cancer before the start of Australia-South Africa Test series.
Greig realised there is something wrong with him during a commentary stint in the UAE during the Australia-Pakistan one-day series, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
In May 2012, the 66-year-old Greig was diagnosed with bronchitis but the he became concerned when the condition didn’t improve.
Tributes poured in after the news of Greig’s demise emerged. Former cricketers and Greig’s colleagues expressed their grief.
Alan Wilkins (on Twitter): "Today's millionaire cricketers owe an immeasurable debt to Tony Greig, Kerry Packer, Mark Mascarenhas and Ian Chappell. Tony Greig will forever be in our commentary box. RIP Tony. It was a privilege to play against you and to work with you."
"Greigy to Police at media gate Pallekele Stadium ICC World T20: "Mate, I've got a bloody pitch report to do, now open this gate!" (please!)"
Herschelle Gibbs (on Twitter): "Rip Tony Greig.... Good man indeed." (sic)
Glenn McGrath (on Twitter): "My thoughts are with Tony Greig's family today. RIP Tony Greig :(" (sic)
Luke Wright (on Twitter): "Gutted to hear that Tony Greig has passed away. A legend on and off the field. Our thoughts are with his family and friends #RIPGreigy."
Dav Whatmore (on Twitter): "Just landed in chennai and learnt of Tony Greig's passing. Deepest sympathies to his family. Great man, great career. He will be missed."
Mickey Arthur (on Twitter): "RIP-Tony Greig.A very good man!"
Sanjay Manjrekar (on Twitter): "Still recovering from the news of Tony Greig passing away...absolutely shocking !!"
Adam Hollioake (on Twitter): "RIP Tony Grieg....sad day but you will leave us with memories we will never forget..."
Tom Moody (on Twitter): "Saddened to hear the passing away of Tony Greig, RIP. Great commentator, mentor, player & friend will be missed by the cricketing family."
Pat Symcox (on Twitter): "Just lost a friend.Thanks for everything Greigie.RIP bud." (sic)
Damien Martyn (on Twitter): "Sad day with the news of Tony Greig passing away !
Daniel Smith (on Twitter): "Saddened by the news of the passing of Tony Greig, quality person who always had a great story to tell. Thoughts go to his family & friends."
Shishir Hattangadi (on Twitter): "Who will say "wonderful" now like he did,will miss your voice Tony Greig RIP."
"Saashin Tendoolkar is havin a Wonderful night- will miss hearing you Tony Greig RIP." (sic)
"He rocked Vishwanath in his arms when Vishy scored a ton in the seventies- today he will sleep like a baby in god's arms-RIP Tony Greig."
Brett Lee (on Twitter): "OMG Poor Tony Greig. I feel so sad and shocked right now. Can't believe it."
Damien Fleming (on Twitter): "Shocked to hear of Tony Greigs passing Giant of a man. Cricketer and commentator RIP."
Michael Vaughan (on Twitter): "RIP Tony Greig... A legend on the pitch and more so over the last 20 years behind the microphone..." (sic)
First Published: December 29, 2012, 11:10 am