James Taylor, the Nottinghamshire and England batsman, was diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. He will undergo an operation to have a defibrillator fitted, putting an end to his career.
This health condition is very similar to the one that affected the football player Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the field. Fortunately, it was discovered before causing severe damage.
In reply to this shocking news, Taylor posted on his Twitter account:
James Taylor, who is only 26 years old, capped 34 times for England and was part of the Test team that won in South Africa this winter. He participated in seven Tests and played in 27 one-day internationals.
The batsman started to feel sick last week during the pre-season fixture against Cambridge MCCU. He was sent home to rest, but as the high-heart-rate intensified he went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with this terrible disease.
Cricket officials, players, and fans sent their support. England’s director of cricket declared “It is both shocking and saddening to hear that James’ career has been cut short in such a sudden and unexpected manner.”
Fabrice Muamba, the football player who’s heart stopped on the field due to the same health condition wrote on Taylor’s wall “@jamestaylor20 having life is a great option.Retirement is inevitable but for some of us it’s just earlier than expected. Enjoy life.”