Former England batting coach Graham Thorpe has fallen “seriously ill”, according to the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA). The Public Anti-Corruption Authority issued a statement saying that the former hitter is currently in the hospital and is undergoing treatment.
The PCA statement revealed that the prognosis remained unclear and called on fans to give Thorpe and his family privacy. The statment Read:
“Graham Thorpe recently became seriously ill and is currently in the hospital receiving treatment. His diagnosis is unclear at this point and we ask privacy for him and his family at this time. Our thoughts are with Graham and his family.”
England cricket team handles and Sarri Cricket on Twitter have sent their thoughts to the veteran, wishing him a speedy and full recovery.
Surrey’s handle posted on Twitter:
“Everyone’s thoughts at the club are with Graham, his wife Amanda and family at this time. He is an icon of the English game, known by millions of cricket fans and the favorite son of Surrey CCC forever.”
Graham Thorpe was recently appointed head coach of Afghanistan
Meanwhile, the former hitter Sarri recently joined the Afghan men’s team as their head coach. The appointment of the 52-year-old came after he resigned as strike coach in England in February 2022 following the team’s poor performance at Ashes Down Under.
Thorpe was a backup coach during the series’ fourth Test in Sydney when Chris Silverwood was in isolation after contracting COVID-19.
The former middle batsman began his coaching career in Australia, working with icons such as Steve Smith and David Warner in New South Wales before joining the England squad as a batting coach.
The 52-year-old played 100 Tests and 82 ODIs between 1993-2005, enjoying a decorated red ball record. He made 6,744 runs in 44.66 with 16 centuries.
In his career spanning 17 years, Southbow collected 21,937 times in 341 games in 45.04 with 49 centuries to his name.