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Ben Stokes Expected To Miss The Later Stages Of IPL 2023
By CricShots - Feb 22, 2023 6:40 pm
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The English all-rounder Ben Stokes will be seen playing for a new team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. During the mini-auction last December, he was picked up by former four-time champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for a whopping ₹16.25 crore. However, unfortunately for CSK, he would not stay for the whole season.

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Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes is expected to leave early for the upcoming busy English summer, which will be commencing with a Test against Ireland, followed by the critical Ashes. Although he had admitted during England’s series in Pakistan last month that he was eager to play the entire event, having missed out on IPL 2022, the IPL 2023 schedule, announced last week, needed to make it more convenient for him.

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The final of IPL 2023 is expected to be played on May 28, just four days before the English summer starts with the Ireland Test. Also, with England performing exceptionally well under the captaincy of Ben Stokes, having not lost a Test under him so far, he would want the Three Lions to get off to a perfect start in the 2023-25 ICC World Test Championship campaign.

Talking about the same during a chat with ESPNCricinfo, Ben Stokes said, “Yes, I’ll play [the Ireland Test]. I’ll ensure I give myself enough time to get back and play that [Ireland] game. I’ll probably get round the individuals and ask them what they want to be ready for the Ashes because those five games are the big ones of the summer, and you’ve got to think about what lads want.”

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He further added, “But, what if something was to happen in that game [Ireland] and we lose someone for the Ashes … It’s just one of those where you have to weigh up the options of what the person wants out of that week versus do we need to play that one. Because I’m right in saying that series is bigger than that game against Ireland.”