England swashbuckling all-rounder Ben Stokes has admitted that it will be difficult for him and his fellow compatriots to take part in the IPL if and when it resumes this year due to the packed international schedule.
The 14th season of the IPL was suspended for an indefinite period of time last week following multiple Covid positive cases.
The BCCI is now mulling at finding a suitable window to complete the season but with the international schedule absolutely packed, the IPL- if and when it happens- might see a lot of foreign recruits pull out of the competition.
Recently the ECB made it clear that no England player will be allowed to miss the country or international games for the IPL.
‘’We don’t know if or when the tournament will be rearranged, but as the ECB have said it could be difficult for the England boys to have a free gap,” Ben Stokes wrote in his column for Daily Mirror.
Ben Stokes, however, added that he is looking to play a full part in the cash-rich league in the future.
‘’After this year though, I do look forward to playing a full part again at some point in the future,” he further wrote.
Ben Stokes was ruled out of the 14th season of the IPL after he suffered an injury while catching Chris Gayle during his franchise Rajasthan Royals’ opening game of the season against the Punjab Kings.
The Durham all-rounder said that it tough for him to leave the franchise due to injury.
‘’It was tough to say goodbye to the guys at the Rajasthan Royals earlier than I wanted, but the subsequent suspension of the tournament means that everyone is now back early with their families as India tries to get through such a difficult time,” said Ben Stokes.
As far as his return from injury is concerned, Ben Stokes wrote-
“I can’t put a date on when I’ll be back playing again, but as long as things progress as well as they have then I should hope it will be well before the three months that was first feared and more like seven, eight, or nine weeks,”
“You can never know for sure how long these things will take because it is not just about the technical side of healing and getting the bone strong, there is the big issue of having confidence in it to play professional sport.”