In a sudden sequence of events, Kiwi cricketer Andrew Hazeldine’s career is halted by an acute cancer by the name of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It directly affects the immune system. Symptoms of this acute cancer was spotted early in the 26-year old and he has been under treatment since then. As per reports, his condition is improving soon and he is eyeing a comeback in the next domestic season in New Zealand.
Hazeldine made his debut for Canterbury in 2018 and has picked up 35 wickets in 14 First-Class matches with a best of 5/33 and 21 scalps from 16 List-A games.
“Naturally, it’s an upsetting situation for Andrew and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time. We’ll continue to support him throughout his treatment and recovery and look forward to seeing him back healthy next year” Canterbury Cricket high-performance manager Marty Croy said in a statement.
Andrew Hazeldine’s Career Halted By Acute Cancer
Hazeldine played competitive cricket in the Plunket Shield tournament in a game against Otago earlier this year in March. He has been replaced by Burnside West seamer Jackson Latham.
“It’s an unfortunate situation, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to focus on my cricket full-time. “Last season taught me to be patient and it’s great to be in the picture for selection should I be required.”
Meanwhile, Croy congratulated Latham on joining the squad as a replacement.
“Although Jackson didn’t get an opportunity last year, we see his playing potential as being high given the circumstances around Andrew and existing injury concerns around the bowling group,” Marty added.
Canterbury leads the Plunket Shield standings after four matches, as the domestic season switches into one-day mode next weekend.