The former England cricketer and coach Graham Thorpe is “seriously ill” and receiving treatment in hospital, his family has announced.
Thorpe, 52, was recently appointed as the head coach of Afghanistan’s men’s team after losing his role as England’s batting coach following their 4-0 defeat in the Ashes.
A statement released by the Professional Cricketers’ Association on behalf of Thorpe’s family, read: “Graham Thorpe has recently fallen seriously ill and is currently in hospital receiving treatment. His prognosis is unclear at this stage and we ask for privacy for him and his family at this time. Our thoughts are with Graham and his family.”
Thorpe, who played 100 Test matches for England between 1993 and 2005, was named as Lance Klusener’s successor in charge of Afghanistan at the end of March.
A spokesperson for Surrey, for whom Thorpe played his entire county career, said: “The thoughts of everyone 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 forever a favourite son of Surrey CCC.”