Harry Brook Withdraws from IPL 2024 to Support Grieving Family

Harry Brook Withdraws from IPL 2024 to Support Grieving Family

England batter Harry Brook has made the difficult decision to withdraw from the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season to be with his family during their time of grief following the recent passing of his grandmother.

Brook, who was acquired by the Delhi Capitals for INR 4 crore (USD 482,000) at the auction in December, expressed his gratitude for the support he has received from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Capitals. He emphasized that prioritizing his mental well-being and that of his family is paramount.

The 25-year-old had previously withdrawn from England’s recent five-Test series in India due to his grandmother’s illness. He stated that he made the decision to leave the tour the night before the team’s departure to India after being informed of her condition.

Brook’s absence leaves the Capitals with an overseas roster comprising David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Tristan Stubbs, Shai Hope, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, and Jhye Richardson. The team will be led by Rishabh Pant, who has been cleared to play as a wicketkeeper-batter after recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident.

Brook’s decision highlights the importance of mental health and family support in the demanding world of professional sports. His statement serves as a reminder that personal well-being should always be prioritized, even when it means making difficult choices.