Ryan Campbell, the Netherlands coach and former Australia wicketkeeper, was hospitalized in the United Kingdom on Saturday after having a heart attack.
The 50-year-old fainted while playing with his children at a playground over the weekend. Gareth Parker, an Australian journalist and Campbell’s close friend, broke the news first.
Campbell had recently returned to Europe from the Netherlands team’s tour of New Zealand, where he had visited friends, including Parker, and extended relatives in his hometown of Perth.
Campbell appeared in two One-Day Internationals for Australia in 2002, filling in for then-first-choice wicketkeeper-batter Adam Gilchrist, who was on paternity leave.
He has been the coach of the Dutch national team since 2017, and he previously played for Australia and Hong Kong. He made his T20I debut for the latter in the 2016 Men’s T20 World Cup, being the oldest player to do so at the time, at the age of 44 years and 30 days.
His brother Mark Campbell said he was out of his coma but remained in ICU under observation.
“They’ve taken the heavy sedation off, so he’s actually woken up,” Mark Campbell said. “Now they’re just looking at trying to work out what’s wrong with his heart. He did a few tests, and they’re saying there doesn’t appear at this stage to be any brain damage; his brain wasn’t starved of oxygen.”
“They’re not sure now why his heart is still being arrhythmic. So that’s another issue that they’re now going to look at over there. He’s been in intensive care since Saturday night. His wife is there with him, and one of his friends from Hong Kong has flown to be there.”
“The family has been overwhelmed with the messages of support we’ve been getting from all over the world,”
Ryan Campbell had recently returned to Europe from the Dutch team’s tour of New Zealand, where he had visited friends and extended family in his hometown of Perth.