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Depressed Yardy quits World Cup

COLOMBO: England all-rounder Michael Yardy has quit the World Cup suffering from depression just days before the quarterfinal against Sri Lanka.

The 30-year-old left-hander, who played in three matches at the tournament, said he felt he had no option but to return.

“Leaving at this stage of a World Cup campaign was a very difficult decision to make but I felt that it was the only sensible option for me and I wanted to be honest about the reason behind that decision,” he said. “I would like to wish the squad all the very best ahead of the game on Saturday.

“I would appreciate some privacy over the coming weeks while I spend time with family and close friends.”

Meanwhile England has called up Adil Rashid into squad. However, the leg-spinner will arrive here on Saturday and so faces a possibly needless journey from the West Indies where he is playing for the England Lions.

Yardy had managed just two wickets at an expensive 79.50 apiece and contributed a mere 19 runs at the World Cup. — AFP

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