England all-rounder Ben Stokes could miss the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE after opting out of the second leg of the IPL 2021.
Ben Stokes took an indefinite break from all forms of cricket prior to the India vs. England test series to take care of his mental health & his finger injury. Ben Stokes has suffered a finger injury while playing a fixture for Rajasthan Royals in the first leg of the IPL 2021. Currently, he is still healing from the injury following surgery. Ben Stokes availability at the mega-event is doubtful, as the sources near Stokes claim that ‘he is not even thinking about cricket at the moment.
The charismatic all-rounder has represented England’s squad in the last T20 World Cup. He bowled the last over of the 2016 World Cup & was smashed for four sixes by Carlos Braithwaite at Eden Gardens to lose the showpiece event. The ICC has put a deadline for submitting their final squads which is September 10. So the countries participating in the mega-event have to submit their final squad list by September 10.
Teams need to submit a 15 member squad including 3 reserve players by the 10th of September however they could make changes to their squad until October 10. Thus England could name Ben Stokes in the list & could remove his name later if he chooses to continue his break & opt out of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
ECB won’t pressurize the all-rounder as the board has already announced their intention to give him all the time he needs to recover mentally & physically. Stokes announced his decision to take an indefinite break on July 30. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals have named Evin Lewis & Oshane Thomas as the replacements for Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes for the remainder of the IPL.
England is in Group 1 for the Super 12 stage along with Australia, West Indies, and South Africa. They will be joined by 2 more members following the culmination of the qualification stage.
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