Boycott causes uproar over depressed cricketer
Cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott has landed himself in hot water for criticising England player Michael Yardy, who yesterday left their World Cup squad suffering from depression.
Yardy (30) is heading home, where he will receive the support of his family and his county team Sussex. Boycott claimed Yardy's condition was a result of his own poor form on the field of play and being picked to play above his level.
"I'm very surprised, but he must have been reading my comments about his bowling," Boycott said. "That must have upset him because it's obviously too much for him at this level."
However, Dr Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, last night said that Boycott's assessment was "insensitive" and likely to have a negative affect.