Gascoigne and some others: the former England cricket player Irani helps the depressed

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There was not much to write about his international career, but the curriculum vitae of Ronnie Irani was more significant, helping those who suffer from alcohol and depression addiction, among which the eternal problematic child of football stands out English, Paul Gascoigne.

The Irani, whose career in England has gone through three tests and 31 ODI, was a slightly familiar name with Indian supporters as it took the wickets of Rahul Dravid and Dinesh Mongia in the Natwest Trophy final in 2002.

Now 47 years old, the president of cricket in Essex County is a successful business man, but his call to life is to help those who suffer from mental problems.

"I've been involved in some things after cricket, I'm president of Essex cricket but my life is involved in helping people who suffer from specific physical and mental conditions," Irani told PTI during an interview .

He was initially uncomfortable talking about it, but then revealed how, along with dear friend Chris Evans, a UK-based DJ, he funded Gascoigne's treatment for alcohol addiction in the United States.

"I love football and a good friend of mine, my DJ Chris Evans, spoke one afternoon and saw what situation Paul was in. We felt it was certainly worth helping him because he was a great footballer. We should make an effort to help him" said Irani.

"It was my nature to help people and I was like that all my life, we were involved and we tried to help Paul," he added.

However, he says that people must understand that for someone like Gascoigne, who has been fighting addiction for a long time, it would always be an "up and down" road.

"It will always be an uphill road for Paul. Guess everyone, and certainly from our appearance, hopefully he can be in a good position," Irani seemed confident of one of England's greatest talents who never made the its full potential.

Irani, however, is no longer in contact with Gascoigne because he has never felt the need.

"I'm no longer in contact with Paul, but he has a solid group of people around to help him. There is no advertising from Ronnie Irani.

"We did what we had to do at that moment, it is under the radar, from my point of view, any human being with a decent nature will help and certainly I did," said Irani, who now runs a & # 39 company called Orthosole, which produces sports shoe insoles.

From Gascoigne, the discussion turned to Robin Smith, one of the best players of England until the end of the 80s until the mid-90s, and Irani felt sad.

Recently, Smith spoke of alcoholism and depression after retirement and fails.

"Robin is a fantastic guy who has had his problems over time: when we talk about depression, everyone can relate to these problems, not only did I notice this with many people in sports, but I also noticed that in everyday life" Irani said.

Having played sports at the highest levels, Irani could refer to problems related to depression and mental health, including anxiety, which athletes have experienced once they have outgrown their careers.

"I think the depression has been there for many, many years. I think there are many things that highlight depression," Irani said on the sidelines of a round table entitled "The glorious British summers of India" and organized from the vernacular daily Sangbad Pratidin alongside Sourav Ganguly and Mohammed Kaif.

Speaking specifically of sports people, Iran has highlighted some problems that could cause problems.

"The glare of the media, the management of pressure situations, the pride of performance, the expectations and demands of the public." When I started, if you became a professional sportsman, you were considered a success. sometimes, "he complained.

"The people who are facing the main problems of life, all you can do is help them."

Iran is now trying to import a German device capable of treating anxiety and depression problems.

"I came across a device that can help people who suffer from anxiety and depression. The device is available in Germany. Essentially, it is a magnetic therapy device that works through the solar plexus.

"I've seen incredible results, I'm trying to bring it to England at much lower costs, I'm doing it all myself but I wouldn't mind if I had an Indian investor," he chuckled as he signed.

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