CSK – Ben Stokes opts out of IPL 2024 to ‘handle workload and health’

Ben Stokes, Chennai Tremendous Kings’ England allrounder, has made himself unavailable for IPL 2024 to handle his workload and health. The franchise, in an announcement on their web site, mentioned they have been “supportive of Ben in his determination”.

Tremendous Kings, although, haven’t mentioned if they’ll launch Stokes.

The IPL has set Sunday, November 26, because the deadline for franchises to announce their retentions and releases for the 2024 season. In case they don’t launch Stokes, Tremendous Kings may have the choice of retaining him forward of the mega public sale for IPL 2025. And in the event that they launch him by Sunday, Tremendous Kings can utilise the INR 16.25 they’d purchased him for, within the public sale subsequent month.

On the finish of the World Cup, Stokes had revealed that he could be present process knee surgical procedure, a step he had been delaying for some time. Relying on his rehab, Stokes and the ECB will decide the timeline of his return.
Stokes, who was Tremendous Kings’ costliest purchase ever within the public sale forward of the 2023 IPL season for INR 16.25 crore (US$ 1.98 million approx. on the time), performed simply two video games by the season, scoring 15 runs and bowling simply the one over. This was partly due to the left-knee harm, which had compelled him to start out the season as a specialist batter. The harm to the knee is a long-standing one, however had flared up throughout England’s tour of New Zealand in February this yr. Stephen Fleming, the Tremendous Kings coach, had mentioned on the time that the group would look forward to Stokes to be “100% prepared” earlier than asking him to bowl.

Extra not too long ago, after popping out of ODI retirement to play the World Cup in India, Stokes was certainly one of England’s higher batters on present even because the group had a horror run within the match. Stokes performed six of England’s 9 video games after lacking the primary three with a hip niggle, however ended as their second-highest run-scorer behind Dawid Malan. Stokes, who did not bowl in any respect on the World Cup, scored 304 runs in his six innings together with two half-centuries and a century, ending with a scoring sequence of 64 (vs Australia), 108 (vs Netherlands) and 84 (vs Pakistan). He scored at a mean of fifty.66 and a strike charge of 89.14.

As issues stand, Stokes, the England Check captain, is hopeful of touring India for the five-Check collection, to run from January 25 to March 11.

“I’ve put plenty of arduous work in away from cricket to offer myself the very best probability of a faster restoration and, with Christmas and every thing arising, the primary factor for me is getting this knee proper and being prepared and raring to go for that Check collection in India,” Stokes had mentioned after England’s final recreation on the World Cup.

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