Former South Africa skipper Clive Rice battling cancer

Jul 13, 2013, 03:45 IST | A Correspondent

Former South Africa captain Clive Rice is the latest to join the list of cricketers (Martin Crowe, Robin Jackman and Hanif Mohammad are others) battling cancer.

Clive Rice, who was South Africa’s first captain when they were re-admitted to international cricket in 1991, revealed his illness on Facebook.

He wrote on Thursday night: “Just want to update you all on my tumour. Thought I had a pulled muscle in my thigh. There was a lump there and not what I thought was a pulled muscle. Had a MRI scan and it needed removal. Had it removed three weeks ago and have a cut about a foot long in my right thigh.

Clive Rice
Clive Rice. Pic/Getty Images.

Grade 2 tumour
“They got the whole tumour out but it is classed as a Grade 2 tumour so that means I need radiation in the area. They removed some muscle around the tumour to make sure of the removal. I am getting over the wound at the moment. This should be another 10 days and then I will build up the strength again. I do not need to bat or bowl again so it just needs to be strong enough to play golf, race cars and do sensible things. I am fine and once the radiation has been completed in September i will be back to normal with the cancer nailed.

“If any of you have a lump check it out quickly so if it is a tumour you nail it early. Don’t leave it. I have been luck.”

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