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England all-rounder Ben Stokes takes an indefinite break from all forms of cricket

Saturday, July 31, 2021 • Tamil Sport News Comments

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday that all-rounder Ben Stokes is taking an indefinite break from all forms of cricket to focus on his mental well-being while also recovering from his finger injury.

ECB's statement also mentioned that Stokes has withdrawn from the upcoming 5-match Test series against India, which is scheduled to begin from August 4 in Nottingham. The board's statement read, "Ben Stokes has withdrawn from England's Test squad ahead of the Test series against India starting next week to prioritise his mental wellbeing and to rest his left index finger, which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 fully supports Ben's decision, and we will continue to help him during this period away from the game."

Somerset's Craig Overton will be replacing Ben Stokes in the team for the Test series against India. Managing Director of England Men's Cricket, Ashley Giles, 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."

"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. Ben will be given as long as he needs, and we look forward to seeing him playing cricket for England in the future," Giles added.

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