Perth Scorchers’ Michael Klinger pens devastating letter, shocks cricket fraternity
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Perth Scorchers’ Michael Klinger pens devastating letter, shocks cricket fraternity

Michael Klinger opted out of the Big Bash League after the Perth Scorchers batsman found out that his wife is suffering from cancer.

cricket Updated: Dec 20, 2017 15:09 IST
Ankit Kumar Singh
Ankit Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Michael Klinger will not play for Perth Scorchers in this season of the Big Bash League.(File Photo)

Australian cricketer Michael Klinger penned a devastating letter on Tuesday, revealing his wife Cindy had been diagnosed with breast cancer last week. Klinger, who is part of Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League this season, may not take any further part in the tournament.

“Last week, my wife Cindy had a routine scan on her back, which had been causing her pain and no physiotherapy or anti-inflammatory tablets seemed to help. The result of that scan completely shocked and devastated us,” Klinger wrote in a touching letter that was shared in full by Perth Scorchers on their website.

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“Doctors identified three spots on her vertebrae that required further investigation – within hours, we were told she had cancer,” the Australian wrote.

The 37-year old said that he faced one of the hardest moments of his life while informing his kids about their mother’s condition. “”We had to tell Bailey (7) and Summer (5) of the fight their mother now faces, which is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. In fact, along with delivering a eulogy at my mother’s funeral, it was the hardest and most terrible thing I’ve had to do in my life.”

Klinger’s letter drew immediate attention of cricket fraternity with a number of Australian cricketers including Adam Gilchrist, Mitchell Johnson and Michael Clarke taking to the Twitter to extend their support to the Melbourne-based cricketer.

Klinger is regarded as a doughty character in Australian cricket circle. One of the most prolific run scorers in domestic cricket over the years, Klinger got his maiden international call only this year when he played three T20s against Sri Lanka in February.

According to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports, one in eight Australian women suffers from breast cancer by the time they turn 85. Nine years ago on 22 June 2008, the deadly disease claimed the life of former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath’s wife, Jane.

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 14:57 IST