New Zealand and Brisbane Heat leg-spinner Amelia Kerr has withdrawn from the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) 2021-22 to focus on mental health. Kerr had announced that she is taking a break from international cricket last month as she opted out of the White Ferns' tour of England.
"I am making really good progress and want to keep that going," Kerr said in a statement. "It's a tough decision as I love representing the Brisbane Heat and can't speak highly enough of the support team and players.
Brisbane Heat head coach Ashley Noffke backed Kerr's decision saying that the franchise is ready to assist her in the future.
"We have been in regular contact with Melie, her family and wider support network and fully understand and support the decision she has made," the former Australian pacer said.
"She has been honest and brave with her decisions and the Heat will be ready and willing to assist her in the future, whether for a return to playing or simply as part of her Australian circle of friends and team-mates who will happily do what is best for her."
Heat are set to begin their WBBL campaign against Perth Scorchers on October 16.