South African Cricket Legend Suffers Cardiac Arrest After Remarkable Career



South African cricket legend Mike Proctor, former national team coach, has suffered a cardiac incident while in the ICU for ill health.

Proctor, known for scoring over 20,000 runs and taking more than 1,400 wickets, is facing a serious health challenge. The cricket community is deeply concerned as Proctor, a respected former coach of the South Africa cricket team and a celebrated all-rounder, is currently in critical condition.

Following surgery complications, he experienced a cardiac incident and has been in the ICU since Monday, February 12, 2024. Fans and the cricket community have been expressing their sorrow and sending prayers to Proctor and his family.

Proctor’s family, in a statement to AFP, shared that the 77-year-old cricket legend faced significant challenges during surgery at a hospital near Durban, leading to his admission to intensive care. This has prompted an outpouring of support from the cricket fraternity, with many praying for his swift and complete recovery.

‘Last week, Mike experienced a complication during routine surgery. While recovering in the ICU, he suffered a cardiac incident. He is currently in ICU working on his recovery. We would appreciate it if you kept him in your thoughts and prayers,’ said Proctor’s family statement.

Mike Proctor’s illustrious cricket career, spanning from 1967 to 1970, included seven Test matches, with victories in six. Renowned for his exceptional bowling skill, Proctor took 41 wickets at an outstanding average of 15.02, making a lasting impact on the sport.

Unfortunately, his international career was cut short in 1970 due to the international ban on South African cricket caused by the apartheid regime. Despite this setback, Proctor’s legacy continued in first-class and List-A cricket, compensating for the shorter span of his international career.

In 401 first-class matches, Proctor amassed 21,936 runs at an average of 36.01, featuring a memorable 254-run innings for Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) against the Western Province in 1971. His career included 48 centuries and 109 half-centuries, solidifying his status as one of cricket’s finest all-rounders.

Furthermore, with 1,417 first-class wickets at an impressive average of 19.53, Proctor’s bowling prowess was undeniable. He remains the sole player in South African history to achieve over 500 runs and 50 wickets in a single domestic season, showcasing his exceptional all-round capabilities.

Post his playing days, Proctor continued to contribute to South African cricket as a coach, notably leading the team in the 1992 ODI World Cup, further enriching his legacy in the sport.