Tour ends early after breathing difficulties May 3, 2005

Boje flies home from Caribbean

Cricinfo staff

Nicky Boje: health scare © Getty Images
Nicky Boje has flown home from South Africa's tour of the Caribbean and will miss the five-match one-day series, which starts in Jamaica on May 7, after suffering from irregular breathing during the fourth day of the final Test in Antigua.

Boje, 32, did not take the field for the final four sessions of the match after being examined by a cardiologist. A media statement issued by Cricket South Africa said he had suffered a recurrence of the breathing problems he developed on the first day of the Test.

South Africa's convenor of selectors, Haroon Lorgat, who is in Antigua, confirmed that Boje would be flying home as a precaution. Boje himself was philosophical. "I wanted to be part of a winning team," he said, "but health problems have to be sorted out."

It is the second health scare that Boje has suffered in the past six months. In December, he missed the first Test against England to undergo treatment, after a cancerous growth was discovered in his thyroid gland.

Lorgat added that no replacement would be called for Boje.