66-year-old Hadlee’s health situation was confirmed by his wife Lady Dianne who said that he is expected to make a full recovery
The Hush Post: Legendary cricketer Sir Richard Hadlee is battling cancer. The former New Zealand all-rounder was recently diagnosed with bowel cancer and has undergone a surgery to remove a tumour.
66-year-old Hadlee’s health situation was confirmed by his wife Lady Dianne who said that he is expected to make a full recovery.
“Last month, Richard had a routine, three-year colonoscopy, and we discovered that he has bowel cancer. He has since had an operation to remove the tumour. This operation went extremely well and he has made an excellent recovery from surgery” she said in a statement.
Hadlee will now be administered chemotherapy for a few months as safeguard.
Lady Dianne also appealed his fans to respect their privacy duirng the next few months.
Hadlee was accorded the Knighthood in 1990 for his services to cricket. The cricketing great once held the world record for most test wickets (431) in 86 Tests at an average of 22.29. He also scored 3124 runs averaging 27.16.
During the 80s Hadlee was considered amongst the best all-rounders in the game alongside Imran Khan, Ian Botham and Kapil Dev.
Hadlee played 86 tests and 110 ODIs for New Zealand between 1973 and 1990. He made his first-class debut for Canterbury in 1971-72.