Renowned cricket journalist Christopher Martin-Jenkins passes away

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 06:10 hrs

Renowned cricket journalist, commentator and former president of the MCC, Christopher Martin-Jenkins has died of cancer at the age of 67.

Martin-Jenkins held several coveted posts in his professions throughout his career, having been the game's chief correspondent at UK-based papers like the BBC, The Daily Telegraph and The Times.

Martin-Jenkins was also editor of The Cricketer, and was asked to be the editor of Wisden, the Telegraph reports.

Such was his reputation and his status within the game that in 2010 he became President of MCC, a rare honour for a journalist, it added.

Nobody excelled Martin-Jenkins, though, in what he regarded as the first duty: that of giving a precise, clear, well informed and accurate account of every ball that was bowled and every stroke that was played, the paper added.

Martin-Jenkins was also an excellent mimic, who in his Cambridge days had had some success in cabaret, not least in a parody of Rudyard Kipling's If as enunciated by Edward Heath, the paper said.

The paper further added that Martin-Jenkin's writing displayed the same virtues of clarity and relevance as his commentaries, as he was sharply aware both of the rules of grammar and of the subtleties of phrasing, and he would impatiently confront those who presumed to alter his copy.

Martin-Jenkins certainly loved his career; the strain it exacted, however, sometimes left him exhausted, irritable and prone to attacks of migraine, the paper concluded. (ANI)

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