Ben Stokes: 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 game formats at this time is just unsustainable for him. Thus, he has chosen to end his ODI career. Nasser Hussain, the former England captain, commented on this choice. And claimed that the current cricket schedule is “madness for players.” Discover more betting sites in India that are top-rated in the market and it has an amazing live betting platform. Have fun at home!

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“It is disappointing news, but it reflects where the cricketing schedule is. It is madness for players. If the ICC keeps putting on ICC events and individual boards just keep filling the gaps with as much cricket as possible, eventually, these cricketers will just say, I’m done. Stokes is done with one format aged 31, which can’t be right. The schedule needs looking at; it is a bit of a joke at the moment. The IPL is getting a wider window, so that’ll go on for even longer, and players will pull out.” 

Hussain told Sky Sports

Ben Stokes: “It Came As a Surprise, To Be Honest”: Nasser Hussain

Ben Stokes: "Madness For Players": Nasser Hussain On Cricket Schedule
Ben Stokes: “Madness For Players”: Nasser Hussain On Cricket Schedule

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“It came as a surprise, to be honest. You thought he would be looked after in terms of being rested from various white-ball tournaments and formats – he’d already announced he was going to miss the white-ball series and The Hundred. To completely knock 50-over cricket on the head is a massive surprise. I guess it’s the schedule. The cricketing schedule is crazy at the moment. If you just play in the one format – say Test matches – it’s absolutely fine.”

Further talking about Stokes’ decision, Hussain said

Ben Stokes: Ben Stokes’ Unsustainable Schedule

It is significant to remember that Stokes was appointed England’s Test captain earlier this year. 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 channels of ODI cricket.

“Three formats are just unsustainable for me now. Not only do I feel that my body is letting me down because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I also feel that I am taking the place of another player who can give Jos and the rest of the team they all. It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories as I have over the past 11 years.”

Stokes had said in an official statement

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