IPL 2021 Phase 2: Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes returned to his first net session after recovery from a surgery. He was ruled out of the Indian Premier League due to a fractured left index finger while taking a catch in RR’s opening game. Originally ruled out for 12 weeks, he will be assessed again and will return to play for Durham during the Vitality T20 Blast. The competition’s group stage runs from June 9 to July 16.
Chris Silverwood, England’s head coach told ESPNCricinfo: “[He] is making excellent progress. If he continues to improve without any impact on his rehabilitation, we could see him return next month for Durham in the Vitality Blast competition.</strong
— Durham Cricket (@DurhamCricket) May 29, 2021
“It’ll be a slow return. We’re potentially looking at the T20 Blast and then a gradual build back into international cricket for him. He has started bowling again and he’s not far off hitting a few balls as well. He’s progressing nicely and on course for where we expected him to be.”
However, his return to cricket does not mean he will be available for the remaining matches of IPL.
The BCCI has announced that it will take the IPL to UAE to finish the remaining 31 games. InsideSport has learnt that the tournament will be held between September 17 to October 10.
England will be busy with home series against Bangladesh, followed by tour of Pakistan. ECB MD Ashley Giles confirmed that the players will not be released to participate in IPL even if not picked in the squad. This is to keep them fit and ready for the T20 World Cup in October.