World Cup 2023: In the wake of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, England’s test captain Ben Stokes is expected to come out of the One Day International (ODI) retirement. Stokes is likely to be in England’s ODI colours as the team defends its title in India later this year.
The decision to countermand his ODI career could also mean that he could miss the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
As per the report of The Telegraph, all-rounder Ben Stokes may take his ODI retirement back in order to help England during the impending ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The report added that if presented with the opportunity by Jos Buttler to don English colours back, Stokes may accept the proposal.
The report turns out to be true, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will have to deal with a massive blow as it would mean that Stokes would not be able to feature in the Tata IPL 2024.
The all-rounder might turn down a colossal offer of INR 16.25 Crores from the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for the upcoming edition of the tournament.
Notably, Stokes has to undergo knee surgery. Although there is no fixed appointment for it, he would expect it to happen when his team is not in action. In such a case, the ICC World Cup 2023 would be the ideal time, as he has already bid adieu to the format.
However, if he comes back from retirement to play in the ODI World Cup 2023, it would mean that he will have to postpone his knee surgery. Then the next best opportunity he will get would be during the IPL 2024 when only minimal international play goes on around the world.
Two and half months of IPL proceedings will allow him ample opportunity to go under the surgical knife and recover for the upcoming events planned for England’s T20I and Test side.
Jos Buttler-led England will start their ICC World Cup defence on October 5 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. They would face New Zealand in the tournament opener.
Down below is England’s complete schedule for ICC Cricket World Cup 2023:
- October 5: England v New Zealand (Ahmedabad), 2 pm
- October 10: England v Bangladesh (Dharamsala), 10:30 am
- October 15: England v Afghanistan (Delhi), 2 pm
- October 21: England v South Africa (Mumbai), 2 pm
- October 26: England v Sri Lanka (Bengaluru), 2 pm
- October 29: India v England (Lucknow), 2 pm
- November 4: England v Australia (Ahmedabad), 2 pm
- November 8: England v Netherlands (Pune), 2 pm
- November 11: England v Pakistan (Kolkata), 2 pm
For more details head to ICC’s official website.