England all-rounder Moeen Ali has opted to fly home and is set to miss the third Test against India in Ahmedabad.
Ali, who has been commended for his performances so far in the Test series, having taken eight wickets and scoring 43 from 18 balls in England's 317-run loss to India, has been granted his wish return back home.
The 33-year-old has left the bio-secure bubble and will now head home to spend time with his family, having already suffered from a positive coronavirus test in Sri Lanka earlier the year.
"Moeen has chosen to go home. He obviously feels he wants to be with his family and we have to respect that," said England captain and fellow team mate Joe Root.
"It's been a tough Tour for him. It's come to a point where he feels he needs to get out of the bubble. I'm sure it wasn't an easy decision. We have to respect it."
Speaking in 2019, Ali came out in support of Glenn Maxwell for his withdrawal from Australia's test series against Sri Lanka for mental health reasons, however, on his own break from international cricket following England's maiden title win in 50-over World Cup, he stated he was suffering from mental fatigue due to the amount of cricket being played.
2020 was difficult for cricketers across the world who were forced into bio-secure bubbles for long periods of time in preparation for matches, which is said to have taken its toll on a number of players, with the Professional Cricketers Trust (PCT) claiming to be overwhelmed by the requests for assistance for mental health related issues.
Author: Jake Wilkin