June 15, 2012

Cricket and depression – the dark alchemy

Carlyle Laurie

Less than a week after a young Tamil Nadu cricketer was found hanging in his house in Chennai, the issue of depression amongst cricketers has come to the fore again. Ant Sims, writing in the Daily Maverick, explores why a rising number of cricketers are suffering from depression.

The life of an international sports star seems glamorous in its essence, but with the fame, fortune and the fancy hotels comes a dark side of life which often gets swept under the rug. The pressure of needing to perform to stay in the team, the expectations of fans, the media’s constant autopsies and being measured by your averages all make for a volatile combination that, if left to simmer, could plunge players into the deep end of a dark and dangerous illness.

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