Rashid Replaces Yardy In England World Cup Squad
Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid has replaced left-arm spinner Michael Yardy in England's ICC Cricket World Cup squad and Yardy is to return home due to depression.
Yardy made the decision to withdraw from the squad following consultations with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) medical staff and has been managing the condition for a prolonged length of time.
"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," Yardy 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 ahead of what I hope will be a successful season for Sussex."
ECB Managing Director of Crickte Hugh Morris said: "I would like to offer my full support to Michael on behalf of everyone involved with the England team and the ECB. Michael has been an integral part of the England set up in recent years and while he will be missed in the knock out stages of the World Cup, our priority now is to ensure that he returns home to his family and is able to spend time recovering with a strong support network around him. "
Rashid is to fly out to Colombo, arriving on Sunday, where he will be available for the final stages of the competition should England beat Sri Lanka in their quarter-final.
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