25 Mar 2011

Depressed England cricketer goes home

6:37 am on 25 March 2011

The England cricket all-rounder Michael Yardy is on his way home from the World Cup suffering from depression, two days before England's quarter-final against Sri Lanka.

The 30-year-old Sussex left-hander, who played in three matches at the tournament, said he felt he had no option but to return home, and he appealed for privacy over the coming weeks while he spends time with his family and close friends.

He says leaving at this stage of the World Cup was a very difficult decision.

The leg-spinner Adil Rashid has been called up from the England Lions tour of the West Indies to replace Yardy.

England had already lost star batsman Kevin Pietersen and fast bowlers Stuart Broad and Ajmal Shahzad to injury at this tournament.