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Looking forward to playing the IPL in full in the future: Ben Stokes

May 13, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

England all-rounder Ben Stokes stated that he is looking forward to playing the IPL in full in the future. However, Stokes claimed that he wouldn't be able to participate in the remaining games of the 14th IPL season even if he is fit to return to competitive cricket. The Rajasthan Royals all-rounder was ruled out of the Indian Premier League 2021 with a broken finger. Stokes suffered the injury during RR's first match of the tournament while taking a catch to get Chris Gayle's wicket. 

Having featured in three seasons for Rajasthan Royals now, Stokes was disappointed to say goodbye to the team.

England to play a five-match test series against India

Recently, Ashley Giles, director of ECB, announced that IPL contracted England players will not be a part of the remaining tournament wherever it takes place. The English board has put its foot down because of the forthcoming series against Pakistan and Bangladesh in October and November. IPL 2021 started in April in India but had to be suspended and postponed indefinitely on May 4. A total of 29 matches were completed. But due to Covid-19 positive cases in bio-bubbles of multiple franchises across Delhi and Ahmedabad, the league had to be called off.

Meanwhile, Ashley Giles also indicated that England players who have returned from India and are serving a mandatory quarantine period. All the players that have returned will not be rushed into international action. The decision is taken keeping in mind the workload management of their centrally-contracted players. Giles also pointed out that there might be new faces for the forthcoming 2-Test series against New Zealand. Following the postponement of the 14th IPL season, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jonny Bairstow, and Moeen Ali are currently serving their 10-day isolation period in government-approved hotels.

England is going to play a five-match Test series against India in a few weeks. This will then be followed by the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. Ben Stokes's return to the squad will be the key to England excelling in the upcoming vital tournaments.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth