England Cricket star Steven Davies publicly revealed he is gay this weekend.
The 24-year-old told The Sun newspaper website that he has lived with the secret for some time, and he is very comfortable with his sexuality and thought it was time people knew.
“The difficult thing was how to tell he rest of the team,” the international player sais. “I sat down and told Andy Flower (the team coach) just before the Ashes test and we went through different options. We discussed whether I wanted to tell the team all together in a room, which including all the coach staff etc. is about 30 people so I didn’t, but Andy rang round and told all the lads.
“Knowing they were all finding out caused me sleepless nights, but there was no need as they were all like’ so what, you’re gay – let’s just get on with cricket.’ which I’m pleased about.” He says he felt the time was right for him, and the more people who come out in sport the more it will be accepted.
Vikram Solanki, chairman of the Professional Cricketers' Association, said: "Steve has the full support of all his colleagues in cricket." England coach Andy Flower said Davies has the "full respect" of the England camp, and that his cricketing talent, more than his sexuality, is what people should concentrate on. "This is something Steve chose to discuss with myself and the squad some time ago," he said. "I would like to make it very clear that Steve is first and foremost a very talented cricketer and a valued member of the England setup. "His private life is his own concern and has absolutely no bearing on his ability to excel at the very highest level in international sport and I have no doubt that he will continue to work hard to regain a place in the England squad. "Steve has had and will continue to have the full respect and support of the entire squad and everyone involved in England cricket."
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