Former England captain and television commentator Tony Greig has died of lung cancer at the age of 66.
“Tony was a tough opponent who took on all opposition with aggression and a determination to win. He had a take-no-prisoners attitude which helped him lead England with flair and toughness. He was a genuine allrounder who in turn was an integral part of World Series Cricket’s success. Once his playing days were over Tony offered an insightful commentary. We will not forget the way he stirred the viewers in a similar vein to the way he did to opposition teams. He will be sadly missed.”
Dennis Lillee, former Australia fast bowler.
“Vale Tony Greig, a good man, a strong man, a trailblazer, a crash-hat wearer. Pitch reporters have lost their patron ..summer is poorer.”
Kerry O’Keeffe, former Australian cricketer and commentator on Twitter.
“Tony Greig will forever be in our commentary box. RIP Tony. It was a privilege to play against you and to work with you.”
Alan Wilkins, former Glamorgan player and commentator, on Twitter.
“Awfully sad news with Tony Greig’s passing. A significant contributor to players’ rights worldwide and never afraid to speak his mind.”
Paul Marsh, Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive, on Twitter.
“Can’t believe one of my heroes Tony Greig has passed away. One of the greatest voices in cricket and will be sorely missed.”
Matt Prior, England wicketkeeper, on Twitter.
“RIP Tony Greig. You have left a great footprint on the world of cricket. My condolences to the Greig family.”
Brian Lara, former West Indies captain, on Twitter.
“Saddened to hear the passing away of Tony Greig, RIP. Great commentator, mentor, player & friend will be missed by the cricketing family.”
Tom Moody, former Australia allrounder, coach and commentator on Twitter.
“RIP Tony Greig. So many memories. So much to thank him for, for where the modern game is, along with many of his mates @ the time.”
Graham Manou, former Australia wicketkeeper, on Twitter.
“RIP Tony Greig. Mentor and friend. We will miss you, a genuine friend and admirer of SL cricket. It was indeed a pleasure to have known you!”
Russell Arnold, former Sri Lanka batsman and commentator, 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.”
Dav Whatmore, Current Pakistan Cricket Coach, on Twitter.
“My thoughts are with Tony Greig’s family today. RIP Tony Greig :(”
Glenn McGrath, , former Australia fast bowler, on Twitter.