England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor will be missing from the upcoming Women's World T20 in the Caribbean and rest of the winter season due to a serious anxiety relapse.
It is not for the first time that one of the best in the women's game has suffered from a mental issue, Sarah had previously taken breaks in 2010 and 2016 cricketing season, after the last World T20 in India. During that tournament, she could only manage 49 runs from five matches and subsequently went through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help fight the anxiety related issue.
The issue has now resurfaced itself at a very wrong time, as Sarah was going through a really good period on the field. She not only contributed significantly for Surrey Stars in winning the Women's Super League T20 but also helped England clinch the home series over South Africa as well as New Zealand.
Speaking on the matter, England coach Mark Robinson reiterated the need to take mental stress as just as seriously as physical strains are and stated that players, when they go through such issues, should not be rushed back into the game immediately.
On Friday, September 28, Robinson was quoted saying, "It's important we see mental health in a similar way to a player with a physical injury, You wouldn't risk a player if you felt that playing them with an injury would increase the chances of them being out for a long time or the issue even becoming career-threatening."
"At the moment she isn't in a place where we would all be comfortable that the demanding training, playing and travel schedule wouldn't potentially put her backwards and make her road to full recovery longer," he added.
Robinson also revealed a mutual agreement that team management and Sarah have in line with consideration of latter's health and said, "Since the end of the summer Sarah hasn't been able to train fully with the squad due to not being as fit as she would want to be from a psychological point of view."
"Sarah will continue to train at Loughborough at a pace more suited to where she is right now with a view to hopefully being fully fit in the new year." he concluded, "All of our players' health and well-being is the most important thing and we must never lose sight of that in the intense and demanding world of professional sport,"
(Inputs from Cricbuzz)