Sir Richard Hadlee Undergoes Bowel Cancer Surgery

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| June 13 , 2018 , 17:22 IST

New Zealand cricketing legend Sir Richard Hadlee was diagnosed with bowel cancer during a routine checkup last month. His wife Dianne said the cricketer had undergone a surgery to remove the tumour. The operation had gone well and the 66-year-old has made excellent recovery.

Hadlee's wife 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 reason behind the announcement was to avoid fake rumours.

The right-arm fast bowler is the second bowler after Kapil Dev to take 400 test wickets.

The cricketer is considered as one of the finest fast bowler ever with 431 test wicket. Apart from being a talented bowler, Hadlee was a hard-hitting batsman who had a test career total of 3124 with two tons and fifteen half-centuries at an average of 27.16.

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Hadlee made his first-class debut in early 70’s for Canterbury. He started his international career in 1973. He had played 86 tests and 110 One Day International for New Zealand.

Hadlee was the former head of New Zealand cricket selection panel. He stepped down from this job last year September.