Ben Stokes is one of the leading cricketers today and certainly the best all-rounder in World cricket at the moment. This year, he was presented with some extra responsibilities over his shoulder as he was appointed as England’s full-time Test skipper.
Ben Stokes is currently leading the England Test team in the ongoing home series against South Africa and is also available for selection in T20Is after having announced his shocking retirement from ODIs last month citing a hectic international schedule and his inability to give his 100% in the 50-overs format.
Even though Stokes now plays one format less, he has made it clear that he would only be playing the IPL in the future after looking at the schedule. At the same time, the southpaw has also mentioned that he would be giving prime weightage to Test cricket over foreign franchise cricket leagues across the globe.
“As England cricketers, our schedule is jam-packed and we seem to be playing all year around. I think our summer is everybody’s winter and when our winter comes along, it is everybody’s summer. So, people are either coming here to play or we are touring to play cricket.
It is a case of looking at schedules, looking ahead at what we have got coming up. But as I have made it very clear, that Test cricket is at the forefront of my mind and all of my time decisions will be based on Test matches. Now being the captain, I have the responsibility to do that,” said Stokes during a select media call organized by Prime Video.
Ben Stokes’s future in the IPL depends on international cricket’s schedule
“So yeah, my commitment outside of any international cricket will be based around our schedule and what international cricket we have got coming up but you know, I have played in the IPL for four years. I have loved it every time I have been there.
It is an amazing competition to be part of, not just for the spectacle of the IPL but the opportunity to work along with the best players in the world, and some of the best coaches. It is just an amazing experience to be involved in but as I said, there is a schedule to be looked at around the window of the IPL,” he added.
Ben Stokes was last seen in the IPL 2021 where he represented the Rajasthan Royals. He played the first game against Punjab Kings and was ruled out of the tournament after suffering an injury to his finger. Later, he backed out from giving his name in the IPL 2022 mega auction to give more focus on international commitments.
- Ben Stokes’s availability for the IPL depends on the international schedule.
- Stokes last played in the IPL in 2021.