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Emburey has skin cancer

Calcutta/London: Former England international John Emburey has undergone surgery after being diagnosed with skin cancer.

The 61-year-old off-spinner, who took 147 wickets in 64 Tests, says his condition “isn’t the most aggressive form or life-threatening” and can be eliminated through surgery.

Emburey says being exposed to the sun while playing cricket may have contributed to him getting cancer.

He says in Saturday’s edition of British newspaper The Sun that “it’s the result of playing cricket for so many years, not wearing a hat and not wearing sun cream.”

After surgery, Emburey arrived at Lords Cricket in St John’s Wood, London with a black eye and large stitches on his forehead.

Emburey, a former England legend, was at the ground to see England players who were having a practice session.

He told The Sun: “When I played, there wasn’t the same awareness of how much damage the sun can cause as there is now.”

Embury became aware of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), only four years ago, despite it being the most common form of skin cancer.

It is not the most aggressive form of cancer and doctors told him that it can be eliminated through surgery and might not lead to scars.

“Looking at my face that’s hard to believe! I look like Mike Gatting after he was hit by a Malcolm Marshall bouncer,” Emburey was quoted as saying by The Sun.

Emburey was a right-arm spin bowler and a useful lower-order batsman.