IND vs ENG: Ben Stokes withdraws from Test series, take an indefinite break across all formats

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IND vs ENG: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday that all-rounder Ben Stokes will retire from all forms of cricket indefinitely, effective immediately.

Ben Stokes has also withdrawn from the forthcoming 5-match Test series against India because he has decided to ‘prioritise his mental welfare.

The series is starting from 4th of August. Ben Stokes will be replaced by Somerset’s Craig Overton for the series.

“Ben Stokes has withdrawn from England’s Test squad ahead of the Test series against India starting next week to prioritise his mental wellbeing and to rest his left index finger; which has not fully healed since his return to competitive cricket earlier this month,” the ECB statement read.

“The ECB fully supports Ben’s decision, and we will continue to help him during this period away from the game,” it added.

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Ashley Giles, Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket said

“Ben has shown tremendous courage to open up about his feelings and wellbeing. Our primary focus has always been and will continue to be the mental health. And welfare of all of our people. The demands on our athletes to prepare and play elite sport are relentless in a typical environment; but the ongoing pandemic has acutely compounded this,” Giles said.

“Spending significant amounts of time away from family, with minimal freedoms, is extremely challenging. The cumulative effect of operating almost continuously in these environments over the last 16 months has had a major impact on everyone’s wellbeing.”

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