Stuart Thompson takes indefinite break due to performance anxiety

Stuart Thompson, Ireland cricket team’s all-rounder, has confirmed that he will take an indefinite break from professional cricket to undergo treatment for performance anxiety. Thompson confirmed his decision after withdrawing from a domestic fixture for North-West Warriors.

The 24-year-old, who made his international debut in September 2013, has played a total of 11 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 17 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). He last represented Ireland in February 2016.

“I have realised it is in my best interests and everyone else involved in the squad and Cricket Ireland to be open and honest about my situation. I have been struggling this season which culminated in needing a complete break from the game,” Thompson said.

“With the backing of Cricket Ireland, I have received expert help and I now understand a lot more about my condition and how I can overcome it. I am now looking forward to practising methods to manage my anxiety and hope to return to cricket very soon. I’ve the best team around me to help me through it and looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he added.

Richard Holdsworth, the performance director of Cricket Ireland, is confident of a speedy recovery and expects Thompson to be back in action soon. “Stuart is getting expert support which we are confident will get him back in the game soon. Stuart will continue to take a break from the game but hopes to be back very soon,” Holdsworth said.

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