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  • 3 years after his memorable 84* at Lord's, Stokes announces ODI retirement
  • Burdensome cricket schedule the biggest reason behind Stokes' decision

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‘Crazy cricketing schedule’, 'unsustainable': Ben Stokes’ ODI retirement to set a precedent?

Disappointed with Stokes' decision, former English cricketer Nasser Hussain called out the 'crazy cricketing schedule'.

A prolific all-rounder like Ben Stokes, at the age of 31, just 3-years after handing the Three Lions their most memorable World Cup win suddenly decides to call it quits in the 50-over format.

Who is to be blamed?

The overworked players, unbelievable cricketing schedules?

Or, has staying relevant across formats in international cricket become a far-fetched belief?

Ben Stokes, a modern-day great, has had a fabulous run in ODIs. But, despite that, he decided to give up his place, prioritising his health and fitness over other things. The ace English all-rounder had earlier decided to pull out from The Hundred and the T20I series vs South Africa as well. Owing to mental and health reasons, the player has taken breaks and skipped the Indian Premier League and even the T20 World Cup, last year.

The New Zealand-born who recently has been made the captain of England's Test side has been acing his duties there, though. England has won all 4 Tests under his captaincy. However, to roll across formats along with added responsibilities of leading the Test side, has become 'unsustainable' for Stokes.

England has one of the busiest cricketing schedules in the world and to play across formats, even for a player of Ben Stokes' stature seems tough. Disappointed with his decision, former English cricketer Nasser Hussain blamed the 'crazy cricketing schedule'.

'It is disappointing, but it is a reflection of where the cricketing schedule is at the moment. It is madness for players', he said.

The 2019 World Cup winners, are in fact, scheduled to play 138 bilateral matches, including 44 ODIs between 2023 to 2027. With the T20 format taking over the scenes due to the popularity of the domestic T20 leagues, ODIs have eminently taken a back seat. Players participating across formats with hectic cricketing schedules are more prone to mental pressures, the pressure of consistently performing, and injuries. Add to it, the unendurable bio-bubble woes in Covid times.


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