According to reports in British media, star England all-rounder Ben Stokes has opted out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction, which is scheduled to take place in the second week of February, to remain mentally fresh and manage his workload for England’s next home season.
Ben Stokes made a comeback in cricket in the recently concluded Ashes series after a long mental well-being break and he delivered an underwhelming performance. He only managed to score 236 runs and bag 4 wickets in the marquee series, where England lost by 0-4 against Australia.
Joe Root-led England lost the first match by 9 wickets at the Gabba, the second game by 275 runs at Adelaide Oval and the third game by an innings and 14 runs at Melbourne Cricket Ground. However, they managed to avoid the whitewash with a hard-fought draw in the fourth Test at Sydney Cricket Ground. Also, England lost the Ashes finale by 146 runs at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart.
Ben Stokes will sit out this year’s IPL, which will feature 10 teams – Reports
According to the reports, Ben Stokes will not be a part of the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, which will see the addition of two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow.
“Stokes will sit out this year’s tournament, which will feature 10 teams for the first time and be preceded by a mega-auction in which there are plenty of spaces to fill,” London’s Evening Standard reported.
“Stokes has had a tumultuous time over the last couple of years, with the death of his father Ged 13 months ago preceding a long break in 2021 to prioritise his mental health and fix a finger badly broken at the IPL,” it wrote.
“Sitting out represents a significant financial sacrifice but should also allow him some time off to mentally refresh between England’s tour of the Caribbean in March and the international summer in June,” the paper reported.
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