England’s legendary cricketer Naseer Hussain opened up on Ben Stokes retiring from One-Day Internationals at the age of 31. Former England captain feels that the overdose of cricket is the reason behind cricketers quitting one form of cricket early in their career. Stokes, who played a vital role in England winning the 2019 ICC World Cup, took a shocking decision to retire from fifty overs cricket after playing just 104 games. Stokes in his retirement message mentioned that playing three formats had become unsustainable for him. The first ODI against South Africa on Tuesday will be his last 50-over game for England.
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) July 18, 2022
“It is disappointing news to say the least but it is a reflection of where the cricketing schedule is at the moment. It is madness for players,” Hussain wrote in his column for ‘Sky Sports.’ “If the ICC just keep 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.
England cricket team’s schedule from July to November
3 ODIs against South Africa
3 T20Is against South Africa
3 Test against South Africa
3 T20Is against Australia
3 ODIs against Australia
ICC T20 World Cup 2022
“Stokes is done with one format aged 31, which can’t be right, really. The schedule needs looking at, it is a bit of a joke at the moment,” he added.His unbeaten 84 helped to send the match into a Super Over as England claimed their first 50-over World Cup title in the most thrilling of circumstances.
“It came as a surprise, to be honest. It is a real shame because he gave us and England fans their greatest day for a very long time in 2019, a day we’ll never forget with that World Cup final win.
“In a battle, if you ask me for one cricketer in the England side who’s up for it in a tough situation, who’s a winner – you can’t teach that, you’re not born with that – Stokes has that and he has that in abundance.
“That World Cup final, if there’s one cricketer you want at the end battling, it is Ben Stokes. The same with the Ashes Test match at Headingley that same summer.” Stokes, who took over the Test captaincy from Joe Root recently, was slated to play all of England’s ODI matches this summer and rest through the T20I series against India and South Africa. He had also said that he would give ‘The Hundred’ a miss.
“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 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 absolutely crazy at the moment.” Since his World Cup-winning heroics in 2019 Stokes has only played nine ODIs owing to injuries, mental health break and workload management.
With the IPL set to have a dedicated two-and-half month exclusive window from the next Futures Tours & Programme (FTP) calender of the ICC starting 2024, Hussain feels 50-over cricket will face more casualties.
“It looks like 50-over cricket is the one everyone is looking at, because everyone loves Test match cricket and everyone loves T20 cricket.” Another ex-skipper Michael Vaughan, on the other hand, feels teams will have to let go of bilateral series to cut down on the load.
“Bilateral ODI / T20 series will have to go if all the boards around the world are desperate for there own Franchise tournaments !! Something has to give .. It shouldn’t be players retiring from one format aged 31!!!!” Vaughan tweeted.
Stokes’ ODI career will forever be remembered for his Player-of-the-Match performance in the World Cup final against New Zealand at the Lord’s three years ago.