Ben Stokes could MISS the Twenty20 World Cup set for October after not being able to fulfil IPL deal
England talisman Ben Stokes may MISS the Twenty20 World Cup which kicks off in October after being unable to honor his £1.4m IPL deal
- IPL will resume in United Arab Emirates from September, but Stokes is missing
- Sources close to him claim he’s ‘not even thinking about cricket right now’
- The talisman all-rounder is taking indefinite leave to protect his mental well-being and give rest to a broken finger that had surgery earlier this summer
Ben Stokes’ return to action will not take place in the Indian Premier League later this month and it remains doubtful whether he will compete in the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup.
The 30-year-old will default on the remainder of his £1.4m contract with Rajasthan Royals when the IPL, which was postponed earlier this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, resumes in the United Arab Emirates from September 19.
Whether he will travel to Dubai to join England’s efforts to unite both global white-ball belts next month is unclear, although sources close to Stokes say “he’s not even thinking about cricket right now”.
England’s Ben Stokes may miss the Twenty20 World Cup that kicks off in the UAE in October
The all-rounder can’t live up to his £1.4m contract with the IPL outfit Rajasthan Royals
The all-rounder is taking indefinite leave to protect his mental well-being and give rest to a broken finger that had surgery earlier this summer.
With squads due to be submitted to the ICC next Friday, England’s selectors will pick a group of 15 men plus three reserves this weekend. An announcement is expected next Thursday, on the eve of the final test match against India in Manchester.
Since changes can be made freely until October 10, seven days before the tournament’s group stage kicks off, Chris Silverwood could tentatively name the World Cup-winning star of 2019 within those 18.
Given the circumstances, the ECB may not be willing to put undue pressure on their talisman all-rounder, as they would give him “all the time he needs” when he announced his breakup on July 30.
Stokes is a key part of England’s cue ball and helped them win the one-day World Cup
Typical of Stokes, he returned ahead of schedule to meet calls from both Durham and England when Covid decimated the availability of each earlier this summer.
He then led his country to a 3-0 money laundering over Pakistan by captaining the one-day team for the first time.
However, he continued to experience discomfort in his finger and it was announced that he would miss the entire India Test series after two appearances for Northern Superchargers in the Hundred.
Meanwhile, the ICC is hopeful that crowds will be admitted to the October tournament. The world government awaits confirmation from the UAE government.