While England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes has been out of play to focus on his mental health, head coach Chris Silverwood has stressed that a decision on his participation in the T20 World Cup will be made at the last minute. Because Stokes is a proven match-winner with his all-around abilities, he believes the decision will be delayed as much as possible before a final choice is made.
Stokes, in particular, is taking an “indefinite hiatus” from the sport, with no indication of when he would return. The Three Lions are expected to declare their T20 World Cup selection on Thursday, with the International Cricket Council apparently setting a deadline of September 10 for roster announcements.
“I’m not going to put any pressure on him or push him, and whatever help he needs, he’ll have,” Silverwood told the BBC.
The T20 World Cup, which is being held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, is set to begin on October 17 and conclude on November 14. On October 23, England will face the West Indies in their first match. While it’s always possible to make a few small adjustments to the squad after it’s been named, it’s unlikely unless there are some injury worries.
Jofra Archer is already out of the T20 World Cup for England
Apart from the T20 World Cup, the Ashes series in Australia, which starts on December 8, is expected to be announced in late September. With pace spearhead Jofra Archer ruled out for the rest of the year due to injury, England has already been dealt a blow.
Stokes, 30, announced in July that he would take an “indefinite break from all cricket” to focus on my mental health and to rest his left index finger, which he injured while playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League 2021 in April.
According to the same article, Silverwood continued, “I will give him as much room as I can, but there are people talking to him.”
“My only worry is for his well-being. I’m just checking in to see whether he’s all right. The remainder of the questions will follow once we’ve addressed that “Added he.
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