England fast bowler Tymal Mills recently pulled out of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) due to a family emergency. His two-year-old daughter Delphi suffered a stroke shortly before he was due to board his flight to play in BBL|12 with Perth Scorchers.
“Home for Christmas after the most horrible 11 days,” Mills wrote on Instagram. “As we were at the airport about to leave for Australia our daughter suffered what ended up being a stroke.
“She lost complete use of the left side of her body and were told they couldn’t predict how much she would regain.
“Despite all of the challenges she faced our little girl has amazed everyone with her recovery to point where we were discharged with her hopping and skipping out of the hospital.
“She has lots of rehab, medication and scans ahead but we are so grateful to be where we are right now.
“Thank you to everyone that’s reached out to us. Keep your loved ones close.”
Scorchers have announced David Payne, a fellow-left arm pacer, as Mills’ replacement for the remaining BBL|12.
Payne has played 126 T20 matches so far in which he has taken 155 wickets with the best bowling figures of 5 for 24.
Alongside Mills, Laurie Evans and Phil Salt are not part of the Scorchers’ squad this season, as the former’s contract was terminated after failing a dope test. Meanwhile, Salt suffered a grade two ligament injury during the third ODI against Australia after the T20 World Cup.