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    one of my friends said that some cricket players commit suicide after their career is over....thats not true is it?

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    Not much to do in Texas, eh.

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    I wouldn't say they commit suicide themselves, but I'm sure some retired players have been a reason why some cricket fans have committed suicide, having to listen to their drivel in the commentary box.

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    Cricket has traditionally had one of the higher suicide rate. There are always cases of it, though it appears to be on the decline. Even cases where Ive known the person (though not particularly closely) like David Bairstow
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    There are a couple of books on it, that I've been meaning to track down for a while. Silence of The Heart by David Firth is one of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Cricket has traditionally had one of the higher suicide rate. There are always cases of it, though it appears to be on the decline. Even cases where Ive known the person (though not particularly closely) like David Bairstow
    That's really interesting *And sad*. When did the majority of such suicides occur. first half of the 20th century?
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    Never knew about Bairstow.

    Makes me feel really bad about booinghim at the SCG in a DN match in 79-80. He came out to bat, but they announced him as Brearley, who'd only recently had the run in with DK over the Aluminium Bat. Got a bad reception, but IIRC he had a good giggle about it.

    Was this match, IIRC - I had just turned 10:

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    Some Test cricketers (some very famous) that have committed suicide.

    A E Stoddart and Arthur Shrewsbury, both England captains, who opened the batting together in Australia in 1893; S G Barnes, an Australian who shared gigantic stands with Bradman himself; South Africa's Aubrey Faulkner, the Botham of the Edwardian era; Harold Gimblett, Somerset's sublimely gifted opener, whose century in his first county match made him, at 20, the most famous cricketer in England; and, most recently, David Bairstow, a former Yorkshire captain and England wicket-keeper.

    Using 2000 as the cut off mark, nearly 5% of all South African Test cricketers that had died had done so through suicide

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    Jack Iverson was another.

    ''Silence of the Heart' is an excellent book and well worth seeking out. I like Frith's work anyway but I think it's right up there with 'Bodyline Autopsy.' The subject matter is a bit daunting I suppose, but it's sensitively written all the same. I suppose the writer had in mind that surviving relatives of the more recent cases might be reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moby123 View Post
    one of my friends said that some cricket players commit suicide after their career is over....thats not true is it?
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    Threading is common in a suicidal cricketer .
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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    Not much to do in Texas, eh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    Not much to do in Texas, eh.
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    Indeed.
    Obviously enough to mean he doesnt have nearly 60 000 posts on a cricket forum

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    Never know - give him 3 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moby123 View Post
    one of my friends said that some cricket players commit suicide after their career is over....thats not true is it?
    It is true, and the same if often said about piranha and llama farmers.

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