One of cricket’s fastest bowlers ever, Sir Richard Hadlee has been diagnosed with bowel cancer, according to reports.
In a statement, the New Zealand Cricket Association said, “As a safeguard, further treatment in the form of chemotherapy will commence shortly and last for a few months.
“It is expected that, in time, he will have a full recovery.”
The 66-year-old former cricketer had a surgery to remove a tumour recently.
Hadlee was born on July 3, 1951 and had an illustrious career, taking 431 wickets in 86 tests.
He was appointed MBE in 1980 and knighted in 1990 for services to cricket.
Hadlee was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on April 3, 2009 and bronze sculpture was made outside the Christchurch Arts Centre in his honour.