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Last Update on: September 8th, 2023 at 04:10 pm

English Test captain Ben Stokes recently discussed English cricketers relinquishing their central contracts to participate in franchise cricket leagues around the world. Ben Stokes admitted that it would be difficult for him to disagree with the players’ decision to turn down contracts.

Recently, fast bowler Mark Wood expressed his uncertainty about accepting a central contract due to the financial opportunities presented by the ILT20. Veteran opener Jason Roy stepped down from the central contract to play in Major League Cricket (MLC) earlier this year.

I’ve Got To Understand As A Captain – Ben Stokes

Speaking ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand, Ben Stokes emphasized that players make decisions based on various factors in their lives, not just their cricket careers. Stokes acknowledged that, as captain of the team, he respects their choices.

“Everyone’s at a different point in their life, not just in their career, where other things have to be thought about by the individual,” Stokes said.

“If a person makes a decision because they think it’s not only best for themselves but also the future and security of their family then it’s very hard to disagree with that.”

“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.”

Reports emerged that Mark Wood might miss the three Tests of the five-match series against India next year. The right-arm pacer was offered £500,000 to play in the next edition of the International League T20 (ILT20).

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Whole Landscape Of Cricket Is Changing – Ben Stokes

The 32-year-old highlighted the changing landscape of cricket, emphasizing the increasing opportunities in it are beneficial for individuals to pursue careers in it.

“We know now that the whole landscape of cricket is changing. That is great for the individuals who are still within the game but also the guys who are coming through,” he further added.

“The opportunities that are presented now for cricketers are amazing and it’s great for the sport. The more opportunities that come, the more people will be attracted to the sport and trying to make a career out of it.”

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