Sir Geoffrey Boycott Faces Second Battle with Throat Cancer


July 03, 2024 · 1 min read

Sir Geoffrey Boycott Faces Second Battle with Throat Cancer
Other Sports | July 03, 2024
Sir Geoffrey Boycott played his final Test match in 1982, concluding his career with 108 appearances. (Image: Getty)

Sir Geoffrey Boycott, former England captain, faces a second bout with throat cancer, having previously undergone treatment for the disease in 2002. At 83 years old, Boycott received the diagnosis last week. Doctors have scheduled surgery in two weeks’ time to remove the cancer. In a statement to the Daily Telegraph, Sir Geoffrey Boycott described the challenging road ahead, stating, “In the last few weeks I have had an MRI scan, CT scan, a PET scan and two biopsies and it has now confirmed I have throat cancer and will require an operation.”

Acknowledging the uncertainties of cancer treatment, Boycott expressed determination and optimism, saying, “From past experience I realize that to overcome cancer a second time I will need excellent medical treatment and quite a bit of luck, and, even if the operation is successful, every cancer patient knows they have to live with the possibility of it returning. So I will just get on with it and hope for the best.”

Boycott, renowned for his cricketing career, scored 8,114 runs in 108 Tests for England from 1964 to 1982. He also captained the team in four matches in 1978. His first-class career with Yorkshire saw him achieve an impressive average of 56.83 with 151 centuries and over 48,000 runs.

Following retirement, Boycott became a prominent broadcaster, notably with the BBC’s cricket commentary team until his departure in 2020, influenced by health issues including quadruple heart bypass surgery in 2018 and the COVID-19 pandemic.