Cricket journalist and former president of the Marylebone Cricket Club, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, has died of cancer at the age of 67.

Christopher Martin-Jenkins of The Times newspaper watches proceedings during the third day of the fifth test match between South Africa and England (Getty)

Martin-Jenkins joined the BBC in 1970 and commentated on his first match, a one-day international, in 1972.

His friend and colleague Jonathan Agnew tweeted the news on Tuesday: "Desperately sad to tell you that CMJ died peacefully this morning".

Tributes have been paid to the cricket journalist who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012.

Mike Griffith, the current president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), paid tribute: "CMJ will be sorely missed. I was fortunate to know him from his schooldays at Marlborough College and we became good friends.

"Christopher gave tremendous service to cricket and to MCC, where he was president as recently as 2010. As a commentator and journalist he was passionate about upholding the values of the game and always expressed his views with clarity and humour.

"Everyone at MCC shares the sadness now being felt by the cricketing world that his live commentaries will never be heard again. On behalf of all Members of the Club I have sent our deepest condolences to Christopher's widow Judy and their children Robin and Lucy."

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