Exclusive: Chris Cowdrey recovering after heart attack

Former Kent and England captain Chris Cowdrey is recovering at his home in Offham, near Maidstone, having suffered a mild heart attack.

The 53-year-old former all-rounder was taken ill while visiting the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. He was at the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department to have a knee wound dressed, having recently undergone minor knee surgery, when he complained of feeling unwell.

Cowdrey played 280 first-class games for the county from 1977 before joining Glamorgan in 1992. He played 299 first-class games in his career overall, including six Test caps, and famously captained his country once, against the West Indies in 1988.

Kent’s chairman, George Kennedy, said: “Everyone at Kent, the staff, players and committee, hope Chris gets well very soon. He’s a good and well-respected advisor to this club and has always been very helpful to me. All the time he’s recuperating he’ll be missed down here. I know for sure he would have enjoyed the pink ball under floodlights this week.” 

Cowdrey’s younger brother and fellow Kent player, Graham, also suffered a mild heart attack in January 2008. Their father Colin, Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge, died following a heart attack in December 2000, aged 67.

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