ICC CEO Dave Richardson described Richie Benaud as "one of cricket's most beloved sons" in an official ICC statement © Getty Images
ICC CEO David Richardson (above) described Richie Benaud as “one of cricket’s most beloved sons” in an official statement © Getty Images

The International Cricket Council (ICC) offered its condolences to the family and friends of legendary cricketer-turned-commentator Richie Benaud, who succumbed to skin cancer at Sydney on Friday. Benaud was 84 at the time of his death, passing away peacefully in his sleep. Read: Richie Benaud passes away

“Today is a very sad day for cricket as it mourns the passing of one of its most beloved sons. On behalf of the ICC, I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Richie Benaud as well as everyone connected with Australia cricket,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson was quoted as saying according to a media release by the global administrators of the sport. Read: Sachin Tendulkar pays tribute to Richie Benaud

“”Richie was a true legend, charismatic but always the perfect sportsman and gentleman. He was also one of the most complete sportsmen who dedicated his life to cricket.

During his playing days, he was an outstanding all-rounder and inspirational captain. Following retirement, he turned journalist and broadcaster, and through his cricket intellect, knowledge and articulate presentation, became the voice of cricket,” further read the statement by Richardson. Read: Twitter reactions to Richie Benaud’s death

Benaud, whose legacy lies in nearly five decades of stellar commentary for various organisations such as BBC and Nine Network. Known for his dry wit as well as his ability to take a stand on sensitive issues, Benaud is among the greatest commentators in the sport along with the likes of the late Tony Greig, Bill Lawry, Mark Nicholas, etc. Read: Cricket muted for once after the death of Richie Benaud

Benaud also enjoyed success as a cricketer, becoming the first Test player to score 2,000 runs and collect 200 wickets. He was also a successful captain for his team, leading Australia to 12 wins out of 28, failing to lead Australia to a series defeat under his tenure. Read: Eight videos that highlight Richie Benaud’s career