Many people were shocked when Ben Stokes announced his ODI retirement at 31. The fact that he was clear about his choice to stop playing one particular game style was even more startling.
“Three formats are just no longer manageable for me. Because of the pace and the demands placed upon us, I feel as if my body is failing me and 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 experiences, like I did over the previous 11 years, “In his statement announcing his retirement, he stated.
The statement brought up once again how demanding the players’ schedule is. Stokes has now expanded on his worry in an interview.
“I always want to give back to the squad and give it my all. We are not vehicles that can be fueled up and driven off. Travelling and playing both have an impact on you. As I previously said, the players are being asked to put in a lot of effort each time they go onto the field due to the current hectic schedule, “Stokes told the BBC’s Test Match Special, “The pitch.
“Teams are examining their rosters to see where they can provide rest periods for their players. The top players in the market should be producing the greatest possible goods. I don’t think it looks good if clubs and organizations believe athletes need a break to care for them in one format. I consider how the one-day team was performing when we were playing a Test match. It’s strange to consider.”
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.
In the 74 wickets he has taken since making his ODI debut against Ireland in 2011, Stokes has amassed 2924 runs, including three centuries.
He has been an inspiring skipper and led the ODI team to a 3-0 triumph over Pakistan last summer in the Royal London Series.