Ben Stokes Ready To Take Back His ODI Retirement For 2023 ODI World Cup, May Skip IPL

England’s Test captain and renowned all-rounder, Ben Stokes, is reportedly considering a remarkable return to One Day International (ODI) cricket, reversing his earlier retirement decision to contribute to England’s World Cup defence in India. Despite the potential sacrifice of missing a season of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), Stokes is said to be ready to don the England jersey again if called upon by white-ball captain Jos Buttler.

Reports from ‘The Telegraph’ suggest that Stokes’ decision could be attributed to the upcoming five-Test series against India, scheduled to begin on January 25 and conclude on March 11. This series, combined with the possibility of knee surgery, may necessitate a strategic break in his schedule for recovery and rehabilitation. Consequently, Stokes is considering sitting out the next IPL season, where he is contracted to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for a substantial Rs 16 crore annual deal.

The rationale behind this potential decision is practical. If Stokes were to participate in the IPL until the end of May, he would spend a considerable five months in India, which could hinder his overall readiness for competitive cricket. The IPL window seems ideal for his potential knee surgery, allowing him to recuperate and lead the England team in the coming years.

While concerns linger over his knee’s condition, it’s understood that Stokes is open to missing the upcoming IPL season to ensure a well-timed recovery. England’s ODI campaign for the World Cup begins on October 5 in Ahmedabad against New Zealand. Stokes, who had previously retired from ODIs, could potentially make a one-time return to assist Buttler’s team in their quest to regain the coveted trophy they secured in 2019. Notably, Stokes was named Player of the Final in the last World Cup held in England.

“While concern lingers over Stokes’s knee, which might require operation at some stage, Telegraph Sport understands that he would be prepared to miss next season’s IPL if he needed a gap in his schedule to help him recover.”

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If he rejoins the ODI squad, Stokes’ role is expected to primarily focus on batting in the middle order. Given potential concerns over his bowling capacity, England is reportedly willing to utilize him as a specialist batsman, replicating a role he performed in certain phases during the Ashes series earlier this summer.

“Stokes will likely bat in the middle order for the England ODI side. Amid fears of how much bowling he could do, England is prepared to pick him as a specialist batsman, replicating the role he performed at stages during this summer’s Ashes series,” the report stated.

The news of Stokes’ potential comeback adds an intriguing dimension to England’s ODI World Cup campaign. It showcases his dedication and passion for representing his country on the global stage. If the reports hold, his return could give England an added edge as they strive to retain their world champion status and create history again on the cricketing scene.

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