Australia news June 5, 2014

Pomersbach quits due to mental health issues

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland batsman Luke Pomersbach has walked away from cricket due to mental health issues. In a statement, Queensland Cricket said that Pomersbach had been "battling issues associated with depression" and he has cut ties with the Bulls and the Brisbane Heat to focus on his recovery.

"Luke's health is the number one priority in all of this and his doctor has told him that at this point in time, it is essential Luke takes a complete break away from the day-to-day pressures and challenges of professional cricket so that he can continue to concentrate on his recovery and rehabilitation from his illness," Geoff Cockerill, the Queensland Cricket chief executive, said.

"We appreciate the difficulties and challenges that Luke faces with his illness. The most important thing is that Luke continues to receive the necessary treatment and has the best possible support available to him. To this end, Queensland Cricket has put into place a number of measures to assist Luke to fund the additional medical and other expenses associated with his ongoing treatment and recovery."

Pomersbach said: "I really appreciate all the help and support that I have received from Queensland Cricket over the past three years and especially over the past couple of months leading up to this difficult decision to leave professional cricket so that I can put all my efforts into getting better and making a full recovery.

"In particular, I would sincerely like to thank Stuart Law and the coaching staff as well as my Bulls and Heat teammates for all the things they have done for me during this difficult time."

Pomersbach, 29, was signed by Queensland in the 2012 off-season, after he announced the previous year that he would skip the 2011-12 season for Western Australia due to "health and well-being issues". He made a positive on-filed impression in Queensland and was the Brisbane Heat's Player of the Year in 2012-13, also averaging 53.87 in the Sheffield Shield last summer.

But during his time with Western Australia, Pomersbach often gained attention for off-field issues as much as his output of runs, and he was suspended four times by the WACA. It was during one of those suspensions that Pomersbach was unexpectedly called up to play for Australia in a Twenty20 international in Perth in 2007-08 when Brad Hodge hurt his back shortly before the match.

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  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Best of luck to you mate.

  • Donna on June 6, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    It seems cricketers are leading the way and bravely announcing that they have mental health issues. This is a great service to the world in itself because it allows people, especially young men to feel more comfortable admitting that they too have these issues. Then they too will be able to access treatment. In many cases because of stupid stigma people cover it up and the situation worsens until they take their own life. Thank you to Marcus Trescothick, Jonathan Trott and now you Luke for making it okay for boys and men to be human. You are probably going to be saving lives worldwide. Get well, soon!

  • Vinod on June 6, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Wishing All the best to Luke, Hoping he recovers well and comes back, rejuvenated, better and a more improved player. I hope whatever his problems were, cricket was not the cause of this. Or was this the absolute necessity to perform day in and out that sometimes causes burnouts, depression, fatigue etc? If that is the case, i wish some journalist/writer does some research into this, hopefully we wont have further cases like this. Even in real life, sometimes being responsible for a familiy and trying your hardest to earn a minimum of $1 more that your bills does cause people to burnout/feel depressed. When Rahul Dravid said in late 2007 that he resigned fromt he captaincy ask most of the joy had gone out of the job, i wish some media person/journalist had asked him exactly what did he mean by this? what lead to this situation? sometimes it is worth considering that not all humans are equipped equally to handle even the normal mundane pressures of life....

  • Android on June 5, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    get well soon dear

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Another one to go after Trotty... It was supposed to be a game- this cricket. Why is there so much pressure built in? It's a game after all...

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Sad to see the guy is having such a bad time. A great batsman with potential to be National star. Sad to see him go.

  • Arif on June 5, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Wow, really sad to hear this. I watched him bat few times during the BBL and he looked really promising. I hope, he is able to deal with this and come back strong!! All the best mate.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Unlucky Lukey! Really unfortunate to hear this! :( You have been an outstanding performer for the Bulls and the Heat especially! I really think you have got what it takes to beat this illness! Will miss your bludgeoning hits at the top of the order! Was backing you for test selection one day matey! Will also never forget 'that' hundred against the Melbourne Renegades in the 2012-13 Big Bash semi final. Fantastic knock. All the best :)

  • kieran on June 5, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    Best wishes to Luke for a full recovery. After last season I, and probably more than a few people, were hoping he had turned a corner in his career as he had introduced some consistency into his game to go along with his strong stroke playing. Good luck to him.