Michael Yardy, the England all-rounder, has been ruled out of remainder England World Cup campaign due to getting depression. He came back to England despite of their quarter-final with one of Co-hosts Sri Lanka in Colombo on 26th March.
Yardy said, "Leaving at this stage of Mega event World Cup was a very tough for me to make the decision but I thought that it is better and prudent preference for me. I would like to wish my team all the best ahead of the clash".
Yardy played a vital role in T20I that was won by English team in the Caribbean last May, but he was struggling to gain his lost form in the 50-over format clashes. He took part in three games of this World Cup, picking up two wickets but economy rate was too expensive while with the bat, he got only 19 runs in three innings.
Yardy also received full support from his team after they were informed of his decision to abscond the tournament. Ravi Bopara said, "I think players should be open about that because it can be a major issue. It is not a small problem, nor something you can look upon lightly. It can distress someone quite shoddily and affect their life so you should be open about it. I am pleased that he has taken the decision".
The conclusion to withdraw Yardy was taken in discussion with the England squad's medical team, but he has the full backing of his county. It is not the first time an English player has left a tour early after suffering from a depressive illness. In 2006, Marcus Trescothick broke down ahead of a Test series in India, and suffered a setback later that same year in Australia.
A replacement for Yardy has yet to be confirmed, although the legspinner Adil Rashid, who is currently touring the Caribbean with the England Lions, and Samit Patel, whose failure to stick to the squad's fitness standards attracted the management.