India tour of England: Big Breaking News, Ben Stokes out for entire test series vs India citing mental health- What comes as a piece of setback for England, England allrounder Ben Stokes has withdrawn from upcoming 5 match Test series against India. He was expected to play a crucial role for the hosts as England will be looking to avenge their 3-1 Test series loss in India earlier this year. “England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes has taken an indefinite break from all cricket with immediate effect,” ICC tweeted.
BREAKING: England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes has taken an indefinite break from all cricket with immediate effect. pic.twitter.com/lcQSAMYUGt
— ICC (@ICC) July 30, 2021
India tour of England: Big Breaking News, Ben Stokes out for entire test series vs India citing mental health
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) can confirm that England Men’s all-rounder Ben Stokes will take an indefinite break from all cricket with immediate effect.
Stokes has withdrawn from England’s Test squad ahead of the LV= Insurance Test series against India starting next week to prioritise his mental wellbeing and to rest his left index finger, which has not fully healed since his return to competitive cricket earlier this month.
The ECB fully supports Ben’s decision, and we will continue to help him during this period away from the game.
Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, said:
“Ben has shown tremendous courage to open up about his feelings and wellbeing.
“Our primary focus has always been and will continue to be the mental health and welfare of all of our people. The demands on our athletes to prepare and play elite sport are relentless in a typical environment, but the ongoing pandemic has acutely compounded this.
“Spending significant amounts of time away from family, with minimal freedoms, is extremely challenging. The cumulative effect of operating almost continuously in these environments over the last 16 months has had a major impact on everyone’s wellbeing.”
“Ben will be given as long as he needs, and we look forward to seeing him playing cricket for England in the future.”
Stokes will be replaced in the squad by Somerset’s Craig Overton.
We request that privacy is given to Ben and his family during this time.
India Tour of England:
England squad (2 Tests): Joe Root (c), Rory Burns, Craig Overton, Dominic Sibley, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson.
India’s squad: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Abhimanyu Easwaran
Standby players: Prasidh Krishna, Arzan Nagwaswalla
|India’s tour of England, 2021-22|
|1||4th – 8th August||1st Test vs England||Nottingham|
|2||12th – 16th August||2nd Test vs England||London (Lord’s)|
|3||25th – 29th August||3rd Test vs England||Leeds|
|4||2nd – 6th September||4th Test vs England||London (Oval)|
|5||10th – 14th September||5th Test vs England||Manchester|