Ben Stokes will take an indefinite hiatus from cricket to prioritize his mental well-being, the England and Wales Cricket Council has announced.
The England superstar has stepped down from the test squad and will face India next week.
He will also use his time out of play to rest his left index finger, which has not fully healed since returning to competitive cricket earlier this month.
England Men’s Cricket General Manager Ashley Giles said: “Ben has shown extraordinary courage in opening up about his feelings and well-being.
“Our primary focus has always been and will continue to be the mental health and well-being of all of our employees. The demands placed on our athletes to prepare for and play elite sport are relentless in a typical environment, but the ongoing pandemic has made the situation much worse.
“Spending a lot of time away from family, with a minimum of freedom, is extremely difficult. The cumulative effect of almost continuous functioning in these environments over the past 16 months has had a major impact on the well-being of all.
“Ben will be donated for as long as he needs him, and we look forward to seeing him play cricket for England in the future.”
Stokes will be replaced in the squad by Craig Overton of Somerset.