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Ben Stokes, CSK’s 16.25-Crore Purchase, Withdraws From IPL 2024


Ben Stokes, CSK’s 16.25-Crore Purchase, Withdraws From IPL 2024

In a significant development, England’s Test captain and prolific all-rounder, Ben Stokes, has opted to make himself unavailable for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season. Stokes, 32, who joined the Chennai Super Kings ahead of the successful IPL 2023, has taken this decision to effectively manage his workload and prioritize his fitness.

The renowned cricketer, who recently made a comeback from retirement to participate in the ODI World Cup 2023, has communicated his decision to the Chennai Super Kings management. Stokes has cited the upcoming cricketing commitments, including England’s 5-Test series in India preceding the IPL, and the T20 World Cup scheduled for June 2024, as key factors influencing his choice.

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The management of the Chennai Super Kings has expressed its full support for Ben Stokes in his decision, acknowledging the importance of managing his physical well-being in the midst of a demanding international cricket calendar. The franchise recognizes the significance of Stokes’ contributions and respects his commitment to ensuring peak performance in line with his national team responsibilities.

This development marks a strategic move by Stokes to strike a balance between his international duties and personal fitness, showcasing a proactive approach to sustainably managing his professional commitments. The Chennai Super Kings setup remains understanding of the challenges posed by an exhaustive cricketing schedule and looks forward to Stokes’ potential return in subsequent IPL seasons. However, there is no doubt that it would be a massive blow to the team with the joint-most number of IPL trophies who had acquired the services of Stokes for Rs 16.25 crore at the IPL 2023 Auction.

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