Nasser Hussain On The Cricket Schedule After Ben Stokes Quits ODIs: “Madness For Players”
Tuesday will mark England Test captain Ben Stokes’ final one-day international match.
Ben Stokes dropped a huge bombshell on Monday when he announced his retirement from ODIs and that he would play his final 50-over format match against South Africa on Tuesday in Durham. The England Test captain claimed that playing in all three formats of the game at this time is just unsustainable for him, thus he has chosen to end his ODI career. Nasser Hussain, a former England captain, commented on this choice and claimed that the current cricket schedule is “madness for players.”
“Given how much everyone enjoys T20 cricket and Test matches, it appears that 50-over cricket is the one that everyone is watching. So the IPL’s timeframe is expanding, meaning it will last longer and more players will withdraw. Additionally, South Africa has withdrawn from an upcoming bilateral series of white-ball cricket, which could cost them qualification for the World Cup “Added he.
Nasser Hussain continued by addressing Stokes’ choice as follows: “To be honest, I was surprised by it. He had already declared he would miss the white-ball series and The Hundred, so you would have thought he would be taken care of in terms of rest from various white-ball competitions and formats. It is a huge shock to completely demolish 50-over cricket.”
“Probably due to the timetable. The current cricketing schedule is utterly insane. It’s fine if you only participate in one format, like Test matches. However, if you’re a player who excels in multiple formats and in different ways, or even a Test match captain like Stokes, who gives his all to his duties both on and off the field, ultimately something will have to give. Ben plays 50-over cricket, which is a terrible shame because in 2019 he gave us and England fans our finest day in a very long time, a day we won’t soon forget “Added he.
It is significant to remember that Stokes was appointed England’s Test captain earlier this year.
“Three formats are simply no longer manageable for me. Because of the schedule and the demands placed upon us, I feel as though not only is my body failing me, but I am also depriving Jos and the rest of the squad of a player who can give their best. It’s time for another cricketer to develop and create unforgettable memories, as I did over the past 11 years, “In a formal statement, Stokes had made statement.
Stokes has scored 2919 runs, including three centuries, and claimed 74 wickets since making his ODI debut against Ireland in 2011.
The Player of the Match display by the 31-year-old England Test skipper against New Zealand in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s will live on in the annals of ODI cricket.
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