England Test skipper Ben Stokes is to undergo knee surgery after the ODI World Cup in India. The mega event is to take place between 5 Oct-17 Nov. However, this makes Stokes availability in Test Series against India in January doubt-full.
In the World Cup, Ben Stokes will play only as a specialist batsman. the 32-year-old mentioned that he wants to stay absolutely fit for the upcoming English summer, and hence, the plan is to undergo surgery right after the ODI World Cup.
English red-ball skipper said,
“I know what’s going to happen, I just don’t think now is right time to say what I’m doing,”
“I’ve been having some good conversations with some specialists. There is a plan in place. It’s nice knowing after the World Cup we’ve got something, a really good plan we can do, and we can stick to.” “I want to be playing next summer as a genuine all-rounder. This winter is all about playing this World Cup, then getting this knee sorted,”
Ben Stokes talks about evolution of International cricket
With growing T20 leagues around the world, we have seen many players choosing leagues over country. A lot of cricketers recently have turned down central contracts to sign lucrative deals with franchises. Speaking about that, Ben Stokes stated that he understands that the landscape of cricket is changing rapidly. He is also aware that things like this may also happen in his team.
The 32-year old said in this matter,
“We’ve got to understand, and I’ve got to understand as a captain, that there might be some decisions players make and I’m very comfortable and aware that something like that might happen. But it’s up to the individual and I think having a good and clear understanding that the landscape of cricket is changing in front of our eyes very quickly, makes things like this a bit more easy to understand, if players were to choose to do something like that,”
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