England and Surrey all-rounder Tom Curran made a decision that surprised many. He decided to step back from red-ball duties, Curran emphasized that this was not an easy decision to make. However, he did not rule out that it is impossible to return to the red ball.
Curran wants to be ready physically and mentally. "The last couple of years have not been easy for me. I have had a lot of time and this isn't a decision that I've taken lightly," Curran said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com "Some choices in life I don't think you will ever be 100% sure and this is definitely one of those.
But where I find myself at this exact moment, I feel like it is the right decision for my body and for my mental health. I'm definitely not ruling out playing red ball cricket again in the future, and I feel like I have unfinished business in this format for both Surrey and England.
But until I can feel 100% committed and confident in my body to be performing day in and day out for Surrey in the County Championship, I feel that putting all my time and focus into on our Vitality Blast campaign this year is the right thing to do."
Tom Curran on his decision
He is aware that his decision may not be well received by others, but that is the only thing he can do at this moment.
He did not forget to thank individuals for everything. "I know it is not ideal news for everyone at Surrey and our fans. But I wanted to say a truly heartfelt thank you to Alec Stewart for the support and understanding of my decision.
Surrey has given me everything and is my home. I love it very much and my hope is everyone else will see and understand my decision as he has done. I look forward to being back at The Kia Oval in the Summer for the Vitality Blast."