Ex-England cricketer and coach Graham Thorpe is ‘seriously ill’ in hospital

BREAKING NEWS: Ex-England cricketer and coach Graham Thorpe is seriously ill in hospital, with the 52-year-old’s family saying his prognosis is ‘unclear at this stage’ as he receives treatment

Former England batter and assistant coach Graham Thorpe is ‘seriously ill’ in hospital, the Professional Cricketers’ Association has said.

Thorpe, 52, had accepted the job of Afghanistan head coach following his departure from the England set-up after this winter’s Ashes.

The PCA released a statement at the request of Thorpe’s family, which read: ‘Graham Thorpe has recently fallen seriously ill and is currently in hospital receiving treatment.

Graham Thorpe is seriously ill in hospital and the prognosis is currently unclear 

Thorpe (left) left his role as England's batting coach after the abject Ashes series

Thorpe (left) left his role as England’s batting coach after the abject Ashes series 

‘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.’

Former Surrey left-hander Thorpe was renowned as one of the finest English players of his generation, played exactly 100 Tests and scoring 16 centuries before retiring in 2005.

He went on to begin a coaching career in Australia, where he worked with the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner at New South Wales, before joining the England and Wales Cricket Board as a batting coach.

Thorpe had recently taken over as Afghanistan head coach following his England departure

Thorpe had recently taken over as Afghanistan head coach following his England departure

He worked as assistant with the senior side under Trevor Bayliss and Chris Silverwood, stepping up to lead the team in this winter’s Sydney Test against Australia due to Silverwood’s coronavirus diagnosis.

England drew the match to avoid a series whitewash. 

Thorpe left his role at the end of the Ashes but signalled his intention to remain in the international arena by taking the Afghanistan job in March.

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