Leach Says England Back Stokes Over Mental Health Break
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Sat 31st July 2021 | 11:15 PM
England spinner Jack Leach insisted on Saturday the whole squad are behind teammate Ben Stokes after it was announced the all-rounder would take an "indefinite break from all cricket".
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Jul, 2021 ) :England spinner Jack Leach insisted on Saturday the whole squad are behind teammate Ben Stokes after it was announced the all-rounder would take an "indefinite break from all cricket".
Stokes, the latest high-profile sports star to step away from the pressure of international competition, withdrew on Friday from England's squad ahead of a five-match series against India starting at Trent Bridge next week.
"He has shown courage and bravery to prioritise his mental health. He is a focal part of our team and we will miss him.
"His priority is to take some time out from the game to get better.
We can't wait to welcome him back in the near future and winning games of cricket for England." Stokes, whose father Ged died in December, rushed back from injury to lead England in a one-day international series against Pakistan earlier this month after all those originally selected were ruled out by a coronavirus outbreak within the hosts' camp.
The 24-year-old's struggles followed those of Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka, another face of the Games who lost in the third round on her return from a mental health break, having withdrawn from the French Open and skipped Wimbledon saying she had been battling depression and anxiety.