Graham Thorpe is the pinnacle coach of Afghanistan.© Instagram
Former England batsman and assistant coach Graham Thorpe is “seriously ill” in hospital, the Professional Cricketers’ Association mentioned on Tuesday. Thorpe, 52, had accepted the job of Afghanistan head coach following his departure from the England set-up after a 4-0 defeat within the Ashes, which occurred in Australia in December and January. The PCA launched a press release on the request of Thorpe’s household, which learn: “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 privateness for him and his household presently. Our ideas are with Graham and his household.”
The Afghanistan Cricket Board confirmed Thorpe’s appointment in March.
A stylish left-handed batsman, Thorpe played 100 Test matches for England, scoring 6,744 runs at an average of 44.66 and hitting 16 centuries. He also played 82 one-day internationals.
The former Surrey player coached in Australia, where he worked with players including Steve Smith and David Warner at New South Wales, before joining the England and Wales Cricket Board as a batting coach.
Thorpe worked as assistant with the senior side under Trevor Bayliss and Chris Silverwood, stepping up to lead the team in the drawn Sydney Test in early January due to Silverwood’s coronavirus diagnosis.
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