Mumbai: In sad turn of events, England’s James Taylor had to end his cricketing career at the age of 26 following a serious heart condition, England and Wales Cricket Board announced it on Tuesday.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) April 12, 2016
Taylor represented England in 7 Tests and 27 ODIs during his 5-year international career. He also led England during their tour to Ireland in 2015.
According to ECB media release, "Taylor originally withdrew from last week’s fixture against Cambridge MCCU with what was believed to be a viral condition.
However, specialist scans revealed yesterday (on Monday) that the 26-year-old has the very serious heart condition, ARVC (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia).”
Former skipper and England’s Team Director Andrew Strauss said, "It is both shocking and saddening to hear that James' career has been cut short in such a sudden and unexpected manner.”
Strauss "shocking & saddening to hear that James' career has been cut short in such a sudden & unexpected manner"https://t.co/S5xMBz6scb— England Cricket (@englandcricket) April 12, 2016
“Throughout his career, he has constantly impressed with his determination to make the absolute most of his ability, and it is immensely cruel that such a hard working player will be unable to fulfil his great potential in the international arena,” he added.
“The ECB will work closely with Nottinghamshire and together we will do everything possible to help James through this difficult period, and aid him in his recovery," concluded Strauss.
Taylor played for Nottinghamshire in County Cricket.
Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell added: "Myself and all of James’ teammates and colleagues are terribly sad to hear this news, which comes as a big shock to us all.
— Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) April 12, 2016
“He is a model professional, the most hard working I’ve ever known in cricket, making it all the more difficult to accept that his career has been cut short in this way.
“It goes without saying that he has the very best wishes of us all in terms of recovering from his operation, and that we are looking forward to seeing him back at Trent Bridge when he is fit and able.”
Taylor, meanwhile, is getting a lot of support after following what he termed as "the toughest week of my life".
Safe to say this has been the toughest week of my life! My world is upside down. But I'm here to stay and I'm battling on! #lifestooshort 😝🤒— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) April 12, 2016
@jamestaylor20 good luck hero, stay strong mate looking forward to a catch up soon. 😘— Liam plunkett (@Liam628) April 12, 2016
Deeply shocked & saddened to hear James Taylor retiring from cricket when his international career was looking so bright.— Mark Ramprakash (@MarkRamprakash) April 12, 2016
— Moeen Ali (@MoeenAli) April 12, 2016
Just read the news mate. Absolutely gutted for you. Hope to see you very soon fit and well @jamestaylor20 .Good luck for the operation.— Tim Bresnan (@timbresnan) April 12, 2016