England tour of India - Cricket: Thorpe blames cricket for his marriage failure

Published: Monday, December 17, 2001, 0:59 [IST]
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London: England hero Graham Thorpe, who quit India tour midway in a desperate bid to save his marriage, said he was splitting with his wife Nicky and blamed the strains of a cricketer's life for the separation. "Our marriage is over and we will be separating after Christmas," the left-handed batsman said in an interview published on Sunday in the Sunday Mirror, a largely circulated tabloid."We made the decision two months ago and there was no-one else involved. I came home from India to get some clarification. I wanted to find out where both of us stood," Thorpe said.The 32-year old Thorpe insisted that his wife was not having an affair with Tim Henman's South African tennis coach Keiron Vorster. "That has nothing to do with it. As far as I am concerned my wife is not in a relationship with Vorster." Instead, Thorpe blamed the strains of cricket life for the split. The cricketer said his domestic troubles had left him barely able to concentrate on his batting in India."The nature of the job and stresses of the job led to the breakdown and the difficulties in bringing up a young family. It is the unfortunate nature of the profession."The couple have two children Henry, four and Amelia, two. The pair plans to spend only a few more nights under the same roof at their Pound 1 million house in Epsom, Surrey."We are keeping up appearances for the children," he said. PTI


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