Retired cricketer and former Australia captain Richie Benaud has revealed he is suffering from skin cancer…
Former Australia cricket captain Richie Benaud has revealed that he has been undergoing radiation therapy and battling skin cancer, reports the ECB.
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The 84-year-old revealed the terrible news at a public event in Sydney designed to mark the beginning of Australia’s summer cricket season.
“I’m coping with it very well – the doctors are pleased,” Benaud said.. “I’m going along slowly. The cancers need to be treated.”
He announced that he was undergoing treatment for cancer on his forehead and on the top of his head, and issued a warning to all that would listen about the dangers of not wearing protection when in the sun.
“I recommend to everyone they wear protection on their heads; 84-year-olds don’t seem to mend as well as they used to,” he continued.
“When I was a kid, we never ever wore a cap. I wish I had. You live and learn as you go along.”
Benaud claims he will continue his commentary duties for the fourth Test between Australia and India in January.
The player himself was involved in 63 Tests during his twelve year Test career.
Benaud has been a cricket commentator for years now, initially starting with the BBC in 1960. He joined Channel 4 in 1999, with his most recent commentary duties taking place during the 2005 Ashes series.