Former national team coach and South African cricket legend, Mike Procter, has suffered a cardiac incident while already being admitted in the ICU for ill health. Procter, known for scoring over 20,000 runs and taking more than 1,400 wickets, is currently in critical condition following complications from surgery. The 77-year-old faced significant challenges during surgery at a hospital near Durban, leading to his admission to intensive care. Prayers and support from the cricket community have been pouring in for Procter’s swift and complete recovery.
Procter’s illustrious cricket career, spanning from 1967 to 1970, included seven Test matches, with victories in six. Renowned for his exceptional bowling skill, Procter took 41 wickets at an outstanding average of 15.02, making a lasting impact on the sport. Additionally, in 401 first-class matches, Procter 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, Procter’s bowling prowess was undeniable. Post his playing days, Procter 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.