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Sport Greg Chappell says modern cricketers can't unwind amid mental health withdrawals

00:35  15 november  2019
00:35  15 november  2019 Source:

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Australian legend Greg Chappell says modern players aren't allowed to unwind in the same way cricketers of yesteryear were and that may be a factor in the current landscape.

It was announced on Thursday that young batsman Will Pucovski had ruled himself out of selection for the Pakistan series beginning next week, citing his mental wellbeing.

That followed fellow Victorians Nic Maddinson and Glenn Maxwell announcing they would be taking time away from the game in recent weeks to look after their mental health.

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Speaking on SEN, Chappell, who averaged nearly 54 across 87 Tests in the 70s and 80s, said the constant scrutiny on players in this era has to take its toll.

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"There wasn't the glare of publicity (in Chappell's era), there weren't mobile phones everywhere, we could get away from time to time and just go out and have a few quiet beers or a meal somewhere and just forget that you were international cricketers for a while," he said.

"It's a different era, we were part-time cricketers, it wasn't our living - we had a real job and we played cricket for fun.

"We could just walk away and have a quiet night out and be left alone and not have people pointing the fingers and say, 'what are you doing having a couple of beers in the middle of a Test match?'"

Chappell said the current cricket calender, which has most players playing three formats and travelling for much of the year, means they're constantly under pressure to perform.

"The spotlight is right on them... for 10 months of the year these guys are on the road," Chappell said.

"It is very demanding and they're away from their support mechanisms, their families, their coaches and if things aren't going well, they've got a lot of time to dwell on it and that can't be healthy.

"I don't have the answer.. but somehow we've got to find a way to help these guys get through."

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