Ben Stokes Skips Indian Premier League to Fitness Care

Ben Stokes is unavailable for next year’s Indian Premier League.

Stokes was bought by Chennai Super Kings last December but struggled with his fitness and only played twice for his new franchise in the 2023 tournament. A long-standing knee issue did not prevent the test captain from playing in the Ashes this summer, while he recently came out of 50-year retirement to take part in England’s botched defence of their World Cup crown in India.

He is said to be undergoing a knee issue to ensure he is fit for England’s five-match test series with India, which starts in January, and has cited the need to manage his workload as the reason for the absence of IPL 2024, with the Twenty20 World Cup also looming on the horizon in June.

Although Stokes is unavailable for the defending IPL champions, the Super Kings’ management team supports the all-rounder’s decision to skip next year’s tournament, which is expected to be played again between March and May.

“England’s test captain, all-rounder Ben Stokes, was unavailable for IPL 2024 to manage his workload and fitness,” a statement from the Chennai Super Kings said. “Stokes, 32, became part of the Super Kings before the successful IPL 2023. He recently participated in the 2023 ODI World Championship, to which he came out of retirement. The management of Chennai Super Kings is supporting Ben in his decision to manage his workload with England contesting a five-Test series in India before the IPL and then the T20 World Cup in June 2024.”

Meanwhile, England have recalled Matthew Potts for the upcoming one-day series with the West Indies after closer Josh Tongue was ruled out of the tour due to issue.

England will play three 50-over matches in the Caribbean next month ahead of five T20 internationals.

Tongue had continued his outstanding breakthrough year on the international stage with a first white-ball call-up when the squads were announced on November 12, but suffered a fitness problem during an English Lions training camp in the United Arab Emirates.

It opens the door for Potts to return to the 50-strong group, having made three ODI appearances so far, the last of which was against Ireland in September.

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