New Delhi. The Test captain of the England team, who played spoilsport in the IPL last year, is a part of the Chennai Super Kings this season. The Chennai franchise is considering making him the successor of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Beyond all this, a different khichdi is cooking in Stokes’s mind. The English captain has once again made up his mind to spoil his IPL franchise. According to the news, Stocks will not be available during the entire tournament. It is being told that due to the upcoming Ashes series and the only Test match of the England team against Ireland, Stokes will not be available for the entire season of IPL. He can leave his team and return home soon.
According to the pre-determined schedule of the England team, from June 1, the host country has to play the only Test match against Ireland at Lord’s ground. Four days before this i.e. on May 28, the final match of IPL 2023 will be played. Only time will tell whether Chennai Super Kings will be able to reach the playoffs or not. According to the BCC report, Ben Stokes has already made it clear to his franchise that he will not be available during the final matches. He will do this because of his national duty.
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After the Test match against Ireland, England have to enter the Ashes series against Australia from June 16 at their home. Stokes could not play in the last IPL due to various reasons. He was bought by four-time champions Chennai Super Kings for Rs 16.25 crore in the auction held in December last year.
Stokes said that despite Chennai Super Kings reaching the final, he would return home to prepare for England’s busy summer schedule. Stokes was asked if he would play in the Test match against Ireland, he said, “Yes I will play.” I would like to make sure that I give myself enough time to prepare for that match.
The all-rounder said that he would also consult with the members of the England Test team playing in the IPL on what he wanted to do to prepare for the Ashes. Joe Root, Mark Wood, Johnny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Joffra Archer, Sam Curran and Harry Brook are scheduled to play in the IPL.
Stokes said, “I would speak to each of them and find out what they want to do in preparation for the Ashes because those five matches are very important for us and it is important to know what your teammates want.” .”
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FIRST PUBLISHED : February 22, 2023, 21:03 IST