ECB is all set to announce its 15 man squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on Thursday. The showpiece event is set to take place in the UAE from October 17. However, ahead of England’s squad announcement, no decision has been taken yet on the inclusion of Ben Stokes in the T20 World Cup squad.
As per the International Cricket Council rules, all the participating teams can announce a 15 member squad & 3 reserves. Teams are allowed to make changes in the squad till October 10th. As of now, Australia, New Zealand, and Pakistan have announced their squad for the mega event.
Talking about Ben Stokes inclusion in the squad, Engalnd’s Coach Chris Silverwood said, I’ll be putting no pressure on him or rushing him, and whatever support he needs he will get. I will give him as much space as I can, but there are people talking to him,” said Silverwood. My only concern is for him. I just want to make sure he’s OK. Once we’ve got to that, the rest of the questions will come”.
According to a report by the media, Ben Stokes is unlikely to travel to the UAE for the T20 World Cup 2021. The sources close to Stokes have said that he is not even thinking about cricket at the moment. Just before the start of India vs England test series, ECB has announced that Stokes is taking an indefinite period off from cricket to protect his mental well-being and rest a fractured finger operated on earlier this summer. The report says that there is no clarity whether Ben Stokes will return to cricket or not.
Ben Stokes will also not feature for Rajasthan Royals in the second leg of the IPL 2021 which will resume on September 19 in the UAE. The ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will commence in the UAE & Oman from October 17 with the final to be played in Dubai on November 14.
England’s matches in ICC T20 World Cup 2021
- OCT 23 – England vs West Indies 7:30 pm Dubai
- OCT 27 – England vs B2 – 3:30 pm Abu Dhabi
- OCT 30 – England vs Australia – 7:30 pm Dubai
- OCT 1 – England vs A1 – 7:30 pm Sharjah
- OCT 6 – England vs South Africa – 7:30 pm Sharjah
England Probable Squad
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Reece Topley, Mark Wood, David Willey.
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