Former England captain Michael Vaughan has cited the worldwide franchise competitions as the cause of players leaving one type of cricket, mainly either ODI or T20.
All-rounder Ben Stokes, a part of the England squad that won the 2019 World Cup, unexpectedly decided to retire from One-Day Internationals.
On July 19, Stokes will play his final ODI against South Africa. He previously stated that he did not want to replace another cricketer since he knows he won’t be able to give his all in the 50-over format.
Michael Vaughan Disappointed By Players Having To Retire Early
Vaughan, who was miffed said that players shouldn’t be retiring from one format at the age of 31.
“Bilateral ODI / T20 series will have to go if all the boards around the world are desperate for their own Franchise tournaments !! Something has to give .. It shouldn’t be players retiring from one format aged 31!!!!”
Ben Stokes Takes Retirement From ODI’s
Recently selected England Test captain, Stokes made his ODI debut in 2011 and his ODI debut in 2012. In the delayed fifth Test in Birmingham, he guided England to a series-tying victory over India after guiding the Three Lions to a 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand. He struggled in the ODI series against India, scoring just 48 runs in three games.
In his ODI retirement post, Stokes said: “Three formats are just unsustainable for me now. Not only do I feel that my body is letting me down because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I also feel that I am taking the place of another player who can give Jos (Buttler) and the rest of the team their all.
“It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories like I have over the past 11 years. I will give everything I have to Test cricket, and now, with this decision, I feel I can also give my total commitment to the T20 format.”