Colombo, March 24 (IANS) England all-rounder Michael Yardy has decided to return home citing depression ahead of the team’s crucial World Cup quarter-final against Sri lanka here Saturday.
“Leaving at this stage of the World Cup campaign was a very difficult decision to make,” said Yardy.
“But I felt it was the only sensible option for me and I wanted to be honest about the reason behind that decision.”
Yardy’s sudden decison is another setback for England who till now have made three changes to their original squad with Eoin Morgan, Chris Tremlett and Jade Dernbach replacing the injured lot of Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Ajmal Shahzad.
The 30-year-old did not play in the team’s last two league matches against Bangladesh and West Indies.
There were reservations on the fitness of another all-rounder Tim Bresnan but the team management is hoping he will be fit for key match.
England have applied to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Technical Committee for Yardy’s replacement.