New Zealand cricketer Amelia Kerr has withdrawn from her upcoming tour of England because of mental health issues and efforts to improve her general wellbeing. The New Zealand cricket announced their exclusion from the squad. The Kiwi women will compete against England in five ODIs and three T20Is from September 2nd.
Her withdrawal came amid increasing psychological problems in the cricket brotherhood, most recently with England Cricket Ben Stokes who was taking an indefinite break from cricket to focus on his mental health. The stress of the bio-bubble and the regular quarantine when traveling abroad have fueled the growing concern of experts and fans. Amelia Kerr has stated that she made the decision after consulting her support team.
“I love representing New Zealand and playing for WHITE FERNS. However, after in-depth consultation with my support network, my mental health and wellbeing come first. I didn’t make this decision easy for myself – I think that’s best for me right now,“Said Kerr.
New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine supported Amelia Kerr’s decision
Being in a strict bio-bubble puts a strain on the well-being of the players and the kiwi skipper Sophie Devine supported the decision of her teammate. Although the team will miss Kerr’s service, Sophie pointed out that it is important for the players to be open about the issue and take occasional breaks from playing.
“We will of course miss Melie in England. As a cricketer, she offers a lot in all three aspects of the game and is great fun in the park. Everyone knows how tough the environment is at the moment with Covid-19; Time away from the family, living in a bio-bubble or quarantine.”
“We are really lucky to have great support around us from both New Zealand Cricket and the CPA. It’s important that we talk about it openly because it can get tough and we need to make sure our players, teammates and friends are looked after. We all wrap ourselves around Melie, knowing she’ll make a comeback when she’s ready.“Claimed Sophie.
The England tour will continue as planned on September 2nd with the start of the series with the T20I. New Zealand women had announced their roster for the White Ball series earlier.
Squad of New Zealand: Sophie Devine (c), Amy Satterthwaite, Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Lea Tahuhu, Claudia Green, Hayley Jensen, Maddy Green, Leigh Kasperek, Brooke Halliday, Jess Kerr, Katey Martin (wk), Rosemary Mair, Jess McFadyen (wk), Thamsyn Newton, Hannah Rowe