Bopara praises Yardy courage
Ravi Bopara is supportive of Michael Yardy's return home from the World Cup and praised him for being open about his depression.
Last Updated: 24/03/11 3:01pm
Ravi Bopara is supportive of England team-mate Michael Yardy's return home from the World Cup due to depression and praised him for speaking openly about the problem.
Yardy, 30, has headed home two days before the quarter-final against Sri Lanka in Colombo after accepting he cannot carry on giving his best in his current state.
And Bopara explained that team manager Phil Neale sent a text message to the whole squad on Thursday morning to tell them the Sussex all-rounder was returning home and why.
Yardy has become the fourth England player to begin but not finish this tournament - after Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen and Ajmal Shahzad all earlier succumbed to injury.
"I only just found out this morning. There was a group message sent round for everyone to find out," said Bopara, who had become aware all was not well with Yardy.
"I noticed over the last day or couple of days that he wasn't 100 percent Michael Yardy.
"Normally he's quite bubbly and quite a busy character. But he hasn't been so busy the last couple of days - so I did notice something.
"But I didn't realise that it was to the extent that he needed to go home.
"I think players should be open about it anyway, because it can be a big problem. It's not a minor issue, something that you can look upon lightly.
"It can affect someone quite badly; it can affect their life.
"So you should be open about it, and I'm glad he has been."
England hope to name Yardy's replacement in their World Cup squad later on Thursday.