CA to look at link between schedule and mental health


CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association have commissioned mental health consultants Orygen to conduct a survey exploring factors such as travel and stress.

National coach Justin Langer said he believed Maxwell’s busy schedule, which resulted in him hardly spending a night at home since January, had played a part in the star all-rounder needing to take a break.

Will Pucovski has withdrawn from Test calculations due to ongoing mental health issues.Credit:Getty

CA says it is working to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges that exist in the sport.

“One aspect I hadn’t been involved in to a close degree was international cricket,” Oliver said on radio station SEN.

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“One of the early observations I’ve had is the intense scrutiny and relentless schedule that exists around cricket.

“From that perspective there is an absolute need for us to continue to invest time, energy, resources into understanding the challenges that exist for players and staff around mental health in that context and making sure we’re doing everything we can to support them as best we can.

“We’re broadly aware of this issue in society. Whilst we never want to see anyone suffering or going through challenges in the way our three players have expressed recently, I think the positive we an take from this is we’re able to continue to raise awareness around the challenges that exist within the mental and wellbeing area and acknowledge it’s not a sport or cricket thing it’s a society thing.

“There’s much to be learnt about that and there’s much to be done to continue to support people as they go through these challenges.”

Oliver praised CA for its handling of Pucovski, whose timeframe for a return to play has not yet been established.

“It is great to see Australian cricket as a whole and our staff show great care and empathy when players are going through difficult times,” Oliver said.

“From that perspective I’m incredibly proud how Justin and the staff, more broadly, are supporting the players.”

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