Ben Stokes unavailable – Another blow to CSK
Ben Stokes will perform for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2023. But, in the latest comment, Stokes acknowledged that he would most certainly miss the latter phases of the competition, handing the CSK squad another setback. In this blog, we will go through the specifics of this news and how it may affect CSK’s chances in the 2023 IPL.
Stokes to Miss the Latter Stages of IPL
Stokes is an important member of the CSK team, and his loss will be felt, particularly in the game’s final rounds. The 2023 IPL final is slated for May 28, with the Ireland Test match starting four days later on June 1. This leaves Stokes barely any opportunity to get ready for the upcoming game, and he has opted to allow himself ample time to return and lead England.
His batting abilities and knack for taking wickets make him an important all-rounder, and the club will miss him. With Jamieson already gone, the CSK must find a replacement for Stokes.
Stokes to Discuss with Other England Test Players
Stokes has also stated that he will talk with other English Test players due to participate in the IPL, such as:
- Joe Root
- Mark Wood
- Jonny Bairstow
- Liam Livingstone
- Jofra Archer
- Sam Curran
Depending on what they need to prep for the Ashes, they will decide whether to remain with their teams or go to England. This will impact all IPL teams.
Stokes and current coach Brendon McCullum have guided England to a spectacular turnaround since assuming the role of Test captain. England has won ten of the eleven games they have contested under Stokes. They’ve adopted a high-octane, aggressive style of play, with hitters batting at a high strike rate. And Stokes makes bold assertions for compelling a result.
The news that Ben Stokes would leave the IPL to captain England is a blow for the CSK franchise. Stokes is a vital squad member. And his departure will be felt, particularly in the later phases of the competition. His choice to prepare for the series is reasonable, but it will impact CSK’s hopes of winning the IPL. Other England Test players’ decisions to stay with their teams or return to England will influence the IPL franchises.