Commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins dies at 67

Cricket lost its second iconic figure in a week with the death of broadcaster and writer Christopher Martin Jenkins. As the sport was still coming to terms with the loss of Tony Greig, cricket fans worldwide were hit with the news of the passing of CMJ, as he was known to faithful listeners to the BBC's Test Match Special. He died at 67 after a long battle against cancer.

While never much of a player, Martin-Jenkins had a passion for the game that was reflected in his broadcasting and writing. He was immensely proud of his son Robin's achievements in carving a first-class career with Sussex. While sportsmen are often suspicious of the media, cricketers and the sporting establishment had a broad respect for CMJ. Ian Botham, no great fan of journalists, described CMJ as a "true gentleman".

Test Match Special was his main arena. Alongside colourful eccentrics like Brian Johnston, Henry Blofeld, and Geoffrey Boycott, CMJ was a relatively sober and professional voice, keeping an eye on the detail and progress of a match while the rest of the commentary team veered off on tangents.

"He was one of cricket's most respected writers and broadcasters," his TMS colleague Jonathan Agnew said. “Christopher's authority and respect was gained not through a high-profile playing career but a deep-rooted love of the game. It's doubtful if anyone has contributed more in a lifetime to the overall coverage of cricket than Christopher Martin-Jenkins."

The last piece Martin-Jenkins wrote for the Times was a tribute to Greig, who had also been suffering from cancer. "It was probably for him a merciful release," he wrote, “because the late stage of any cancer is often hell on earth."

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