Australia’s star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will be taking a short break from cricket as he has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health, Cricket Australia said on Thursday.
Glenn Maxwell has opted out of the remainder of the T20I series against Sri Lanka. He will be replaced by D’Arcy Short. Notably, Maxwell played the 1st 2 T20Is against Sri Lanka earlier this week and also smashed a quickfire fifty in Adelaide on October 27.
Australia’s team psychologist Dr. Michael Lloyd said Glenn Maxwell was proactive in identifying the issues with his mental health and engaging with the support staff.
“Glenn Maxwell has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health. As a result, he will spend a short time away from the game. Glenn was proactive in identifying these issues and engaging with support staff,” Michael Llyod said.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has said Glenn Maxwell will get the full support from the board and it will also help him with his reintegration into the game.
“The well-being of our players and staff is paramount. Glenn has our full support. Cricket Australia will work collaboratively with Cricket Victoria’s support staff to ensure Glenn’s well-being and his reintegration into the game,” executive general manager of national teams Ben Oliver said.
“We ask that everyone gives Glenn and his family and friends space; and respects their privacy at this time. He’s a special player and an important part of the Australian cricket family. We hope to see him back in the team during the summer. It’s important we look after Glenn and all our players.”
‘Player welfare most underrated aspect of the game’
Glenn Maxwell had spoken about mental health in the past and even stressed player welfare is among the most underrated aspects of the game. Maxwell, in an interview to The Sydney Morning Herald in 2018, spoke about how demanding it is to be a modern-day cricketer, especially after the advent of social media wherein “unfiltered access” to players’ lives is available.
“It’s easy to overlook on the outside, because all [the fans and media] see is players going out there and play in front of the big crowds, thinking how good a life they must have,” Maxwell told The Age.
“But it’s extremely tough. You spend a lot of time in a hotel by yourself, away from your family, it is a tough time.
“There’s a lot of travel, a lot of time away from family. As much as people want to see more and more cricket, it does take a toll on players.
“The public [need] to be a bit more patient, and potentially a bit more forgiving on certain players.
“In a world with social media, and complete unfiltered access to players, it can be quite daunting, and hard to deal with. I know it’s a player’s choice to be on social media, but sometimes it’s just hard to ignore.”