According to ‘The Telegraph’, Ben Stokes, the England Test captain and world number one in cricket, is ready to come out of retirement and play in the ODI World Cup in India, even if it means missing out on the lucrative IPL season.
According to the paper, the England Test captain is now able to play in the World Cup if asked by white-ball captain Jos Buttler.
The five-Test series against India, which will begin on January 25 and finish on March 11, could make Stokes unhappy with his Rs 16 crore annual IPL deal with CSK.
Stokes may not be able to play in India for almost five months, but he could still participate in the IPL for two months until May’s conclusion.
The prospect of undergoing knee surgery is likely to occur in the future, and the IPL window appears to be the most favorable period for his return to competitive cricket and his potential to lead England in years to come.
Stokes’s knee is causing concern and could potentially require surgery, but Telegraph Sport understands that if he needed time off during the IPL next season to recover, a break in his schedule would be necessary.
England’s first match in Ahmedabad on October 5 will feature Stokes as their captain, possibly to help restore the trophy they won in 2019.
According to the report, Stokes could potentially play as a specialist in the middle order.
“Stokes is anticipated to play in the middle for England ODI team. Given their concerns about his bowling prowess, England are willing to welcome him as a specialist batsman, who can replicate the role he played in this summer’s Ashes series.”
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