Former Sri Lankan captain and master blaster Sanath Jayasuriya said that he was saddened by the news of the death of Tony Greig.
Jayasuriya told the COLOMBO GAZETTE that Greig was a big supporter of Sri Lanka cricket especially after the Sri Lankans won the 1996 cricket world cup beating Australia in the final.
Greig was also a huge fan of Jayasuriya and his former opening one day cricket partner Romesh Kaluwitharana.
Both Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana revolutionized the 50 over one day cricket format by scoring runs fast in the first 15 overs.
Greig praised the batting style of Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana and eventually became a fan of Sri Lanka and its people.
“They way he promoted me and Kalu was amazing. He was like a Sri Lankan. His death is a big loss to us,” Jayasuriya said.
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Russel Arnold meanwhile tweeted saying Greig’s death was a shock. Arnold was a co-commentator with Greig.
Meanwhile Sri Lanka Cricket issued a statement on the death of Tony Greig.
“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to express its profound shock and sadness at the passing away of legendary Cricketer and popular Commentator, Tony Greig.
Tony has been a very vocal supporter of Sri Lanka Cricket over the years and his description of cricket in Sri Lanka, its Players and even the beauty and diversity of the Country itself in his lilting, powerful voice has been a rallying call and a matter of pride to all Sri Lankans and has been instrumental in him being appointed a Tourism Ambassador for Sri Lanka, an honour he much valued. This voice has now been stilled and we mourn his passing,” the statement said.
By Easwaran Rutnam