Former England Captain Michael Vaughan has spoken on the players ‘mental health at home in response to Ben Stokes’ withdrawal from the upcoming India Tests. The star all-rounder retired from the series to take “an indefinite break from all cricket” to focus on his mental wellbeing while recovering from a finger injury.
Michael Vaughan said that when someone who is so mentally strong and always ready to give their all for their cricket team needed a break from the sport, other cricketers would also suffer from some kind of psychological pressure. He thought this was a “wake-up call” for the boards to pay more attention to the psychological wellbeing of their players.
“If Ben has problems, many others may too. When you see someone like Ben who we know is mentally strong and has the ability to produce under the utmost pressure on the cricket stage, it is a wake-up call for all of us, ”Michael Vaughan said on BBC Radio 5 Live .
Ben Stokes had been in the bladder for much of last year away from his family, either with the national team or with franchise teams. He also looked at the death of his father Ged, who died of cancer last year in New Zealand.
Last month, the all-rounder was quickly played for Durham in the Blast due to a Covid-19 outbreak in his second XI squad. He was then named captain of a second-rate English team against Pakistan in an ODI series that the hosts won 3-0 after the originally selected squad was hit by the virus.
Your mind is constantly challenged: Michael Vaughan
The skipper, who won Ashes in 2005, went on to explain that while cricketers are there to play cricket and they are well played for it, their minds need rest as well, aside from their bodies.
He pointed out that the last year and a half has been extremely challenging for the players as they live in different bio-bubbles for a long time without their families.
“We have to study the past 18 months and realize that these cricketers are being placed in circumstances they are not trained to do, like being locked in a bubble all the time. The testing team got themselves into a bubble again today for the first two Tests against India where again they are confined to a hotel and cricket ground and unable to go out and do normal things.
“There will be a lot of people out there who think they are cricketers and they get paid for that. But it’s such a time-consuming sport where your mind is constantly challenged, ”said Michael Vaughan.
Craig Overton was added to the English squad to replace Stokes. The first test begins on August 4th at the Trent Bridge.
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