Former Australian batter Ryan Campbell suffered a heart attack. He was playing with his children on the playground when the 50-year-old suffered a heart attack. The news was revealed by Australian Journalist and Campbell’s close friend Gareth Parker.
Campbell had recently returned to Europe from the Netherlands team’s tour of New Zealand, where he had visited friends and extended family, including Parker, in his hometown of Perth. The Netherlands recently concluded a series against New Zealand in their backyard. Although Netherland was unable to win any match it was a good experience against one of the best teams in the World.
Campbell has represented his nation in two ODI and three T20Is. Campbell scored 90 runs in 5 international games. He got the opportunity to play when the regular wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist was busy with paternal duties.
He has been the coach of the Netherlands national team since 2017, and he has played for both Australia and Hong Kong at the international level. At the age of 44 years and 30 days, he made his T20I debut for the latter in the 2016 Men’s T20 WC, being the oldest player to do so at the time.
Campbell shone for Western Australia in 98 first-class games between 1994 and 2006, scoring 6009 runs at an average of 36.31.
“Western Australian Cricket is shocked to learn of Ryan’s medical emergency following a massive heart attack during the long weekend,” WA Cricket CEO Christina Matthews said.
“I’d like to express our profound condolences to Ryan, his wife Leontina, and their family on behalf of all WA Cricket staff, players, and the larger cricket community. We know he is in the best care, and hope he pulls through and can make a full and speedy recovery,” Christina Matthews added.