Ben Stokes takes indefinite break from cricket
In a major development before the high profile India v England series , Ben Stokes has decided to take indefinite break from cricket and will not take part in the 5 test series between England and India.
Stokes will be nursing his left finger injury which has not yet healed and more importantly to prioritise his mental well being after spending several months in bio bubbles from time to time.
This announcement is a big blow to England’s chances in the India series in which they were the favourites.
Stokes has scored 748 runs at 26.71 average and taken 34 wickets at 33.82 average in 15 tests vs India.
Craig Overton will replace Stokes in the England squad for the India tests. Ben Stokes takes indefinite break from cricket. Will not play India series.
The Full statement of ECB on Ben Stokes is as under :
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) can confirm that England Men’s all-rounder Ben Stokes will take an indefinite break from all cricket with immediate effect.
Stokes has withdrawn from England’s Test squad ahead of the LV= Insurance Test series against India starting next week to prioritise his mental wellbeing and to rest his left index finger. Which has not fully healed since his return to competitive cricket earlier this month. The ECB fully supports Ben’s decision, and we will continue to help him during this period away from the game.
Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, said:
“Ben has shown tremendous courage to open up about his feelings and wellbeing. “Our primary focus has always been and will continue to be the mental health and welfare of all of our people. The demands on our athletes to prepare and play elite sport are relentless in a typical environment, but the ongoing pandemic has acutely compounded this.
“Spending significant amounts of time away from family, with minimal freedoms, is extremely challenging.
The cumulative effect of operating almost continuously in these environments over the last 16 months. Had a major impact on everyone’s wellbeing.” “Ben will be given as long as he needs. We look forward to seeing him playing cricket for England in the future.”Stokes will be replaced in the squad by Somerset’s Craig Overton.
We request that privacy is given to Ben and his family during this time.