Swashbuckling All-Rounder Mike Procter Battles Critical Illness in ICU

Cricket Legend Mike Procter Hospitalized in Serious Condition

Reports emerged on Monday that South Africa’s iconic cricket all-rounder and former national coach, 77-year-old Mike Procter, was admitted to intensive care and in a serious condition.

The family, in a statement, revealed that Procter faced complications during routine surgery last week, leading to a cardiac incident during recovery in the ICU at uMhlanga Hospital near Durban.

Procter’s Illness and Treatment:

According to an anonymous family friend, Procter’s health is currently in a critical state.

The family’s statement explained that a complication occurred during routine surgery, followed by a cardiac incident during ICU recovery.

Procter is now undergoing treatment in intensive care with a focus on his recovery.

Procter’s Illustrious Playing Career:

Mike Procter’s international playing career with South Africa faced an abrupt end in 1970 due to the country’s exclusion from world cricket amid apartheid.

Despite the ban, Procter showcased his cricket prowess, winning six out of seven Tests played against Australia.

Known for his formidable fast bowling, he took 41 wickets at an impressive average of 15.02 runs in his seven Tests.

Procter also excelled as a flamboyant batsman, equalling a world record with six first-class centuries in consecutive innings.

Procter’s Contributions Post-Apartheid:

After South Africa’s readmission to international cricket, Procter took on the role of coach for the national side.

Under his guidance, the team reached the semi-finals of the 1992 Cricket World Cup, marking a notable achievement.

Procter’s contributions extended to his 16-year-long first-class cricket career, including 14 seasons with English county Gloucestershire, where he achieved legendary status.

Legacy and Cricket Stats:

Playing most of his cricket for Natal, Procter scored 21,082 runs in first-class cricket with an average of 36.92, including 47 centuries.

His bowling prowess was evident as he took 1,357 wickets at an impressive average of 19.07 runs.

Notably, he secured legendary status during his 14 seasons with Gloucestershire, five of which he captained.

Conclusion:

As cricket enthusiasts await updates on Mike Procter’s health, his illustrious career and significant contributions to the sport remain an integral part of South African cricket history.

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