Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott is recovering at home after quadruple heart bypass surgery and, therefore, would not be commentating in the first two Tests between England and India starting August 1 at Birmingham. His daughter Emma confirmed the news in a statement posted on Twitter.
77-year-old Boycott had the procedure on June 27 and spent 10 days in a hospital before going home, Emma said.
“The surgeon says the operation was a success and has now allowed him home to recover from invasive surgery,” said the statement.
Boycott, who is a commentator with BBC, will not be calling the start of the England v India Tests, but will be back for the third Test in Nottingham on August 18, the statement added.
The 77-year-old played 108 Tests for England and scored 8114 runs, retiring as the leading run-scorer. In 2002, he also fought throat cancer, undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.
After posting the statement on social media, Boycott sent out a number of messages he said he was dictating to his daughter.
England, who were defeated 1-2 in the three-match T20I series, will aim to avenge the defeat when they take on India in the three-ODI rubber starting Thursday at Trent Bridge.