By CricketCountry Staff
Sydney: Nov 22, 2011
28-year-old Australia and New South Wales spinner Beau Casson on Tuesday announced retirement from all forms of cricket due to a serious heart condition.
Casson has been diagnosed with ‘Tetralogy of Fallot’, which is a common congenital heart condition that can be fixed if diagnosed at a young age. Casson was told by the doctors that if he continues to play, the condition could become life-threatening, Fox Sports reported.
The left-arm Chinaman bowler took three wickets in his only Test match for Australia against the West Indies in 2008.
Casson took 123 wickets in 53 matches at an average of 43.04 for NSW Blues and Warriors.
"Cricket has taken me places that I would only have dreamed of and for that I am very grateful. I will always appreciate the support I have received from my family and my partner Sally, and I look forward to the next chapter in my life,” Casson said while announcing his retirement.
"Beau’s decision to retire is very sad news, however, his health is all that matters. He is a popular and respected member of the NSW squad and will be greatly missed. Beau played a major role in NSW’s winning of the Sheffield Shield in 2007/08 which culminated in him making his Test debut several months later. We wish him the very best for the future,” said Cricket NSW chief executive David Gilbert.