England’s top all-rounder Ben Stokes has admitted that he might not be available for the remainder of the currently suspended IPL 2021 edition, if and when the BCCI decides to host the tournament’s remaining 31 matches.
Ben Stokes also said that he might be fully fit in 9 weeks, but even if he does reach peak fitness, he might not be able to make it to the IPL 2021, where he turns out for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) franchise. Stokes played 1 game for RR this IPL 2021 and was ruled out of the tournament after breaking his finger during their opening clash against Punjab Kings.
As The ECB Have Said It Could Be Difficult For The England Boys To Have A Free Gap: Ben Stokes
The IPL 2021 was suspended after COVID-19 breached the franchise’s bio-bubbles and several players, coaches, and support staff contracted the virus, leading to the BCCI and IPL GC bringing the halt to the tournament after 29 matches were played.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Director of Cricket Ashley Giles has made it clear that top cricketers from here won’t be available even on resumption. His reasoning was the cramped and full international calendar the England team has in September when the BCCI is looking to host the remainder of the tournament.
“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. After this year though, I do look forward to playing a full part again at some point in the future,” Ben Stokes wrote in his column for ‘Daily Mirror’.
Ben Stokes had broken a finger while taking a catch and was immediately taken for scans despite him coming out to bat later. He made 0 in 3 balls and later scans revealed a fracture and he flew back to England, where he opted to undergo surgery to fix the appendage.
It Was Tough To Say Goodbye To The Guys At The Rajasthan Royals: Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes has been with the Rajasthan Royals for three seasons now and scored a brilliant century in the IPL 2020 last year in UAE and is one of the three England players that RR employs in their playing XI, apart from Jofra Archer, and Jos Buttler.
“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,” Ben Stokes added on his 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,” Ben Stokes wrote.