New Delhi. A sad news came for the cricket world on Tuesday. England’s wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings has revealed that he is battling skin cancer. Despite Billings cancer, he is currently playing county cricket in England. He wants to warn everyone about the danger of this disease. In the game of cricket, players often have to stand in the sun for a long time. Due to which the risk of skin cancer increases further. He is also warning the players about the combination of sunlight and cricket.
Sam Billings had given his name for the auction held before IPL 2023 but he had withdrawn his name just before the auction process started. It was told that due to focus in red ball cricket, he is withdrawing from IPL. Was a part of Kolkata Knight Riders till last season. Billings had two operations last year to remove malignant melanoma from his chest. He had informed about this on social media on Tuesday.
During a routine check-up at his county team Kent, he was diagnosed with skin cancer. This 31-year-old player told the Telegraph, “I had melanoma in my body which was 0.6 mm (deep). When it got 0.7 mm deep then it became really serious, because it was very close to reaching that limit. If I had gone to the meeting instead of getting the test done that day, then I would have to wait for the next six months and then it would have become very serious.
Billings has played three Tests, 28 ODIs and 37 T20 matches for England. He is currently playing county cricket. He warned fellow players and fans about the dangers of spending too much time in the sun. Billings said, “I am not talking only about professional matches. Club cricketers and people watching the game can also fall prey to it. I played at Lord’s recently and it was sunny. Even though the temperature was not 25 degrees, but even at 18 degrees, you can be harmed by the sun. I want everyone to work together on this menace in cricket. If the sun is shining then defend yourself.
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Tags: England cricket team, IPL 2023, Kolkata Knight Riders
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 09, 2023, 21:06 IST