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Cricket broke her heart - WI all-rounder Daley is trying to love the game again.

October 14, 2020 SportsMax
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Cricket broke her heart - WI all-rounder Daley is trying to love the game again.
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Cricket broke her heart - WI all-rounder Daley is trying to love the game again.
Oct 14, 2020
SportsMax

Former West Indies women’s all-rounder Shanel Daley has chronicled how the loss of her contract with Cricket West Indies plunged her into a state of depression which led to her falling out of love with cricket after the Caribbean side’s ill-fated 50-over World Cup showing in England 2017. 

Daley who is third on the Windies Women’s all-time ODI wicket-taking list says she decided to walk away from the game as she struggled with recovering from a knee injury which was compounded by the loss of her central retainer contract. 

Speaking on the Commentators’ Podcast with Donald Oliver and Ricardo Chambers, the 31-year-old was brought to tears as she recounted a most difficult period in her life. 

“I don’t think we in the region take mental illness seriously….so that was one of the issues,” she pointed out.  

With tears flowing she added, “it’s scary when you don’t know which direction you are going to go sometimes…..it’s just scary when you feel like you are alone and you are just spiralling.”  

Daley was among the first set of six female players to receive central retainer contracts from CWI in 2010 and played on teams that reached the 2013 ICC 50-over World Cup final as well as the 2016 T20 World Cup winning side. 

She said she is back in training and would love to play for the West Indies women again but believes she can offer even more to the women’s game in the Caribbean in other ways. 

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Former West Indies women’s all-rounder Shanel Daley has chronicled how the loss of her contract with Cricket West Indies plunged her into a state of depression which led to her falling out of love with cricket after the Caribbean side’s ill-fated 50-over World Cup showing in England 2017. 

Daley who is third on the Windies Women’s all-time ODI wicket-taking list says she decided to walk away from the game as she struggled with recovering from a knee injury which was compounded by the loss of her central retainer contract. 

Speaking on the Commentators’ Podcast with Donald Oliver and Ricardo Chambers, the 31-year-old was brought to tears as she recounted a most difficult period in her life. 

“I don’t think we in the region take mental illness seriously….so that was one of the issues,” she pointed out.  

With tears flowing she added, “it’s scary when you don’t know which direction you are going to go sometimes…..it’s just scary when you feel like you are alone and you are just spiralling.”  

Daley was among the first set of six female players to receive central retainer contracts from CWI in 2010 and played on teams that reached the 2013 ICC 50-over World Cup final as well as the 2016 T20 World Cup winning side. 

She said she is back in training and would love to play for the West Indies women again but believes she can offer even more to the women’s game in the Caribbean in other ways.