Glenn Maxwell, the Australian all-rounder left everyone in shock today, as he decided to take a break from the cricket world because of difficulties experienced by him with regard to his mental health.
On Thursday, Dr. Michael Lloyd, the psychologist of the team confirmed about the same, following which D’Arcy Short was roped in as the replacement of Glenn Maxwell for the last T20I against Sri Lanka. Confirming the news, Dr. Lloyd said:
“Glenn Maxwell has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health. As a result, he will spend a short time away from the game. Glenn was proactive in identifying these issues and engaging with support staff,”
Ben Oliver, the executive general manager of national teams also confirmed the news and said that the well-being of the players and staff is a priority. He said:
“The well-being of our players and staff is paramount. Glenn has our full support. Cricket Australia will work collaboratively with Cricket Victoria’s support staff to ensure Glenn’s well-being and his reintegration into the game. We ask that everyone gives Glenn and his family and friends space; and respects their privacy at this time,”
“He’s a special player and an important part of the Australian cricket family. We hope to see him back in the team during the summer. It’s important we look after Glenn and all our players.”
The news has left everyone in shock. People have already flooded social media with their reactions to this news. Here, have a look at how twitterati reacted:
— Duncan Huntsdale (@duncs_h) October 31, 2019
Glenn Maxwell to take a break from cricket to focus on his mental health. Darcy Short to join the Aussie T20 squad tomorrow in Melbourne @FoxCricket
Never entirely know what players are going through. Hopefully the break does him a world of good 👍
— Kath Loughnan (@KathLoughnan) October 31, 2019
Just shows that even at your best on the field… things off it might not be! Thoughts with Glenn Maxwell and hope he gets the help he needs for a healthy recovery! #MentalHealthMatters
— Jak Willcox (@jmw095) October 31, 2019
— PriyaRaju (@PriyaRaju) October 31, 2019
Props to Glenn Maxwell for being open about mental health. Hope he finds his peace soon and gets back stronger.
— Socially Distant (@_souringpie) October 31, 2019
— richard earle (@RichardEarle7) October 31, 2019
— Atulya Aman (@atulyaaman) October 31, 2019
Cricket Australia has announced Glenn Maxwell has taken an indefinite break from cricket after experiencing "difficulties with his mental health". Has been replaced by D'Arcy Short in Twenty20 squad @NewsCorpCricket
— Ben Horne (@BenHorne8) October 31, 2019
Breaking from Cricket Australia
“Glenn Maxwell has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health. As a result, he will spend a short time away from the game.
“Glenn was proactive in identifying these issues and engaging with support staff.”
— Daniel Cherny 📰 (@DanielCherny) October 31, 2019
So despite being in very good form Australian cricketer #GlennMaxwell took indefinite break from cricket in between a series due to mental health problem and still people think it's not a serious issue.
Are u really serious?#MentalHealthMatters
— Vivekanand Tripathi (@Dr_Insomniac_) October 31, 2019