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Ben Stokes remains open for ODI World Cup return in India: Report


Almighty star Ben Stokes did not rule out the possibility of retiring after ODI to defend England’s 50th World Cup title in India next year. The 31-year-old England Test captain announced his retirement from ODI in July, citing the pressures of his workload, but less than five months after that decision, he left the door open. head back. The ESPNcricinfo website quoted Stokes as saying: “Who knows how I would feel before the World Cup at that point.

He is speaking ahead of his first match against Pakistan starting here on Thursday. Stokes starred in England’s 2019 World Cup final victory and did the same again when they were crowned T20 champions in Australia in November.

The next 50-plus World Cup will be held in India in October-November 2023.

“It’s one of those things. Going to the World Cup is a great thing to do, to represent your country,” he said.

“But right now I’m not even thinking about that. I’m just focused on this series (against Pakistan).” Stokes was one of the players who missed training on Wednesday when a virus outbreak hit the England camp.

Stokes said he was approached by director of cricket Rob Key following the T20’s success in returning to the World Cup more than 50 years ago.

Stokes said: “He pulled me aside and as soon as he said ‘Fifty World Cups’ I walked away.

When Stokes announced his ODI retirement, he said it should be a warning to the authorities about how many multi-format cricketers are expected to play.

“There’s just too much cricket right now for people to play all three formats,” he said in July.

“We’re not cars, you can’t give us gas and we’ll be out there and ready to refuel.” He later rejected suggestions he would return to play at the World Cup more than 50 years ago.

“It wouldn’t be fair to anyone who had that opportunity when I’m not playing the format now suddenly saying, ‘Yes, I’ll be back,'” he said.

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