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CSA pays tribute to Tony Greig



Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Saturday paid tribute to South African-born former England captain Tony Greig who passed away in Sydney, Australia, early today at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer three months ago.

Greig represented SA Schools as a product of Queen’s College in Queenstown and also played at first-class level for both Border and Eastern Province.

“Although we knew that Tony was battling a life-threatening disease courageously, news of his death has still come as a huge shock to his many friends and admirers in South Africa,” commented CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul.

“His thoughtful and wise words as a lead TV commentator for the Channel 9 Network in Australia made him one of the most popular and instantly recognisable voices of cricket and he added greatly to the richness of our great game.

“There isn’t a single professional cricketer playing today who does not owe him a debt of gratitude for the role he played in the 1970s in vastly improving their working conditions and making professional cricket a viable and attractive career proposition.

“On behalf of the CSA family and all South African cricket fans I extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. It is a sad day for the world of cricket.”

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