Graham Thorpe is alive but seriously ill and receiving medical attention at a Hospital.
After a lengthy and illustrious career as a player, Thorpe first joined the England set-up as a batting coach in 2010.
Between 1993 and 2005, Thorpe had 100 Test appearances, accumulating 6,744 runs at an average of 43.
He had 16 centuries, the best of which was an undefeated 200 against New Zealand in a Test match.
But he departed England after being passed up for the 2005 Ashes in favor of Kevin Pieterson, a decision that selector David Graveney called “the most difficult decision that I have been a part of in my tenure as a selector.”
Thorpe, a former Surrey left-hander who played exactly 100 Tests and scored 16 hundred before retiring in 2005, was regarded as one of the best English cricketers of his period.
He then went on to teach in Australia, where he worked with players like Steve Smith and David Warner in New South Wales before joining the England and Wales Cricket Board as a batting coach.
Due to Silverwood’s coronavirus diagnosis, he stepped up to captain the squad in the Sydney Test against Australia this winter.
To avoid a series sweep, England drew the match. Thorpe stepped down at the end of the Ashes series, but he signaled his desire to stay in the international spotlight by accepting the Afghanistan position in March.
“The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Graham, his wife Amanda, and family at this time,” Surrey wrote on Twitter.
“He is an English cricket hero, beloved by millions of cricket fans and forever a Surrey CCC favorite son.”