England‘s white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan has opened up on all-rounder Ben Stokes’ decision to take an indefinite break from cricket to focus on mental health. Ben Stokes withdrew from the upcoming Test series against India, owing to mental health fatigue and taking more time to recover from his finger injury. Eoin Morgan supported the star cricketer’s decision and lauded the friendly team environment.
Over the last two years, several cricketers have opted out of international cricket to take a mental health break. The likes of Will Pucovski and Glenn Maxwell did it before the COVID-19 outbreak, while the advent of the bio-bubble has seen more of them doing it. The players have gone on to reject multi-million IPL deals as well to avoid the restrictions of the bio-bubble.
Several former cricketers like Michael Vaughan, Ashley Giles, Kumar Sangakkara, and Sreevats Goswami have endorsed Stokes’ move. However, it certainly puts the English side in trouble as India target their first series win in England in 14 years. On the other hand, the hosts face an uphill task of preventing their second successive series loss at home.
It’s good that players are getting the time as they need it: Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan, who is involved in The Hundred as the London Spirit’s captain, believes it’s the right call and hailed the team management for being supportive towards the players. The Irishman agrees that the cricketers need time away from the game and with their families. Morgan stated that it goes to show how friendly the environment has been when the support staff listens to the players. Thus, the players are receiving their much-needed breaks.
“Yeah, it’s the right call. I think, for the last two years the team has always been listening to the players and support staff. They have needed time at home or away from the game with their family. And I think it shows a really good environment when someone can come forward and be listened to like that. So, it’s good that players are getting the time as they need it,” Morgan told ESPN Cricinfo.