Ben Stokes took a mental break from cricket earlier this year.© Twitter
It looks like Ben Stokes will miss England’s Twenty20 World Cup campaign, with head coach Chris Silverwood insisting the all-rounder’s personal wellbeing remains the top priority. The 30-year-old is currently taking an indefinite leave of absence from cricket to prioritize his mental health and recover from a finger injury and has not been on the pitch since July. The International Cricket Council wants the squads to be submitted by Friday and it seems highly unlikely that Stokes will make the list of 15. England are planning to name three standby players and he may not even be on that list.
“We’re going to leave that late, to give it our best chance,” said Silverwood. “Whatever support Ben needs, he will get from us.
“I haven’t spoken to him yet because I want to give him as much space as possible, but there are people outside of me talking to him and it’s something we’ll be revisiting shortly.
“But I won’t pressure him, I won’t rush him and whatever support he needs, he will get. First and foremost, my only concern is for him and making sure he’s okay.”
The FIFA World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman runs from October 17 to November 14.
England are also missing paceman Jofra Archer with an injury, with Sussex teammate Tymal Mills tipped to take his spot.
The squad for the Ashes Test series in Australia, which opens in December, is expected to be announced later this month.
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