Nasser Hussain: “Madness For Players” Regarding The Cricket Schedule Following Ben Stokes’ ODI Retirement
Ben Stokes will play his final one-day international game on Tuesday.
When Ben Stokes announced his retirement from ODIs and that he will play his final 50-over format match against South Africa on Tuesday in Durham, he delivered a massive bombshell. The England Test captain said that his current circumstances make playing in all three formats of the game just untenable, and as a result, he has decided to stop his ODI career. Former England captain Nasser Hussain responded to this decision by saying that the present cricket schedule is “madness for players.”
Given how much everyone adores T20 cricket and Test matches, it seems like everyone is watching 50-over cricket. The IPL will therefore last longer and more players will withdraw as a result of the IPL’s expanded time period. South Africa has also pulled out of a next bilateral white-ball cricket series, which might lose them World Cup qualifying.
In response to Stokes’ selection, Nasser Hussain remarked, “I must admit that I was startled by it. You would have assumed that he would have enough time to relax from the different white-ball contests and formats as he had already stated that he would miss the white-ball series and The Hundred. To utterly destroy 50-over cricket is a major shock.
“Probably as a result of the schedule. The timetable for today’s cricket match is completely ridiculous. You’re free to only take part in one format, such as Test matches. But if you’re a player who performs in several formats and ways, or even a Test match captain like Stokes, who gives all to his responsibilities both on and off the field, eventually something will have to give. Ben plays 50-over cricket, which is a shame because he provided England fans and us with our best day in a very long time in 2019—a day we won’t soon forget.
It’s important to keep in mind that Stokes was recently named England’s Test captain.
“I simply can’t handle three forms anymore. I believe that because of the expectations on us and the timetable, I am not only letting my body down but also depriving Jos and the rest of the team of a player who can give their all. It’s time for another cricketer to flourish and make lifelong memories, just like I have over the previous 11 years, Stokes had issued an official statement.
Since making his ODI debut against Ireland in 2011, Stokes has amassed 2919 runs, including three centuries, and 74 wickets.
The 31-year-old England Test captain’s Player of the Match performance against New Zealand in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s will go down in ODI cricket lore.