England and Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry diagnosed with cancer
In some sad news that has struck the cricket world, England batsman Michael Carberry has been diagnosed to have a cancerous tumour. The 35-year-old opener had been left out of Hampshire's County Championship match against Warwickshire this week after having complained of feeling unwell. He was sent for tests after the complaints. Further tests will be carried out before relevant treatment is undertaken.
A Hampshire statement on Thursday evening said: "Following recent reports about his health and now that he has spoken fully to his family, friends and team-mates, Hampshire can confirm that after a brief period of feeling unwell, a specialist has determined that Michael Carberry has a tumour that is cancerous. Further tests will be undertaken before the relevant treatment commences.
"He is grateful for the messages of support that he has received and hopes that he can focus on his treatment whilst the privacy of those close to him is respected."
Carberry has played 6 Tests, 6 ODIs and 1 T20I for his country, 2013/14 being his brightest season. The strokeful left-hander has been on the fringes of international selection ever since, enjoying a vastly successful stint in the Big Bash League earlier this year.
This is not the first time Carberry has had to deal with severe illness. In November 2010, potentially life-threatening blood clots were located in one of his lungs after he complained of attacks of breathlessness while batting or fielding. He had been out of action for a period of eight months after that.
It had been suspected that the recent symptoms of illness he had been facing were due to the problem diagnosed in 2010, but sadly, a new and dangerous illness has been thrust upon him. As is being hoped by cricket fans all around, Carberry can hopefully emerge victorious again.
Rod Bransgrove, the Hampshire chairman, said: "Michael has been part of the Hampshire Cricket family for 10 years and on behalf of everyone at and associated with the club, I would like to send him and his family our very best wishes at this very difficult time. 'Carbs' has taken on and beaten serious illness before and we will be doing all we can to make sure he does the same again this time."