London, Mar 25: There seems to be a strange connection between English cricketer's and mental fatigue. First it was Marcus Trescothick, a very fine left-handed opening batsman, whose England Cricket career ended abruptly due to depression, it is now fellow all-rounder Michael Yardy who is returning home for a similar reason.
Yardy, who has played three games for England in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 was quoted by ESPNCricinfo as saying, "Leaving at this stage of a World Cup campaign was a very difficult decision to make but I felt that it was the only sensible option for me and I wanted to be honest about the reason behind that decision."
England are due to play Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Mar 26.
Yardy wished his team-mates all the luck for the quarter-final game. He was quoted in the report as saying, " I would like to wish the squad all the very best ahead of the game on Saturday. I would appreciate some privacy over the coming weeks while I spend time with family and close friends ahead of what I hope will be a successful season for Sussex."
Adil Rashid, the leg-spinner from Yorkshire has called up as Yardy's replacement.
On the field England have been very inconsistent in their performance as at times they have played in an exceptional fashion only to turn up below-ordinary in another match. Off the field, they have almost got a third of their original squad replaced due to injury. Yardy will now join the list of Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Ajmal Shahzad who have already returned home due to injury.