England cricketer Ben Stokes has announced to take an indefinite break from cricket. Due to taking a break from cricket, he has withdrawn from the home Test series against India starting next month. Also, they can be out of the T20 World Cup to be held after a few months.
Craig Overton has been included in the squad in place of Ben Stokes for the Test series against India starting on August 4 at Trent Bridge. His withdrawal is a big blow to England’s chances in the series. At least after the Test series loss against New Zealand in June. Ben could not play in this series either.
Giving information about the decision of 30-year-old Ben Stokes, the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) said that Stokes will give priority to recovering his mental condition and rest his left index finger against India next week LV= Insurance has withdrawn from England’s Test team ahead of the Test series, which has not fully recovered since its return to competitive cricket earlier this month.
Full support to Ben stokes ‘s decision: ECB
The England and Wales Cricket Board said that the board fully supports Ben’s decision, and we will continue to assist him away from the game during this period. Ashley Giles, England’s men’s cricket managing director, said Ben has shown great courage to open up about his feelings and well being.
“Our primary focus has always been on the mental health and well-being of all our people,” he said. There is a need for our athletes to prepare for specific sports in this difficult environment, but the pandemic has increased this significantly.
He said that it is extremely challenging to spend time away from family with minimum freedom. There has been a big impact in the last 16 months. He added that Ben will be given a break as long as he is needed, and we look forward to seeing him play cricket for England in the future.
Somerset’s Craig Overton will be included in the team in place of Ben Stokes. We request that Ben and his family be given privacy during this time. Stokes has played 71 Tests, 101 One Day Internationals and 34 Twenty20 matches for England.
Last year also took leave
Durham star Stokes took a special break between August and October last year to be with his father Gade, who died in December.
Stokes missed the home Test series against New Zealand in June after injuring his finger while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this year. However, after the Corona crisis, he returned to the team for the limited overs series against Pakistan. He also led the new England team.
Stokes recently captained Northern Superchargers in the opening two matches of The Hundred, after leading England to series victories in T20s and ODIs.