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Cricketers more prone to suicide, says expert

Durban: Cricketers are more likely to commit suicide than other professional sportsmen owing to the enormous stress and pressure associated with the game, a leading expert has said.

Tim Noakes, professor and director of bioenergetics at the exercise research unit of the University of Cape Town and a former South Africa team doctor, said he had observed that the suicide rate among professional cricketers worldwide was higher than any other sport.

“This is perhaps due to the enormous psychological demands of the game where a single error can swing matters and determine careers,” Noakes said.

“My assessment is that the tension and psychological stress is greater that in most other sports.”

To discuss this aspect of the game, a world congress of science and medicine in cricket will be held in Western Cape this week. It will coincide with the start of the World Cup where such psychological pressures are expected to be at its peak.

The speakers at the congress will include Karim Khan, a specialist in tendon injures and stress fractures, Roger Barlett, a fast bowling biomechanics adviser and sports psychologist Sandy Gordon who will have a few sessions with the Indian team prior to the World Cup.

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