“Madness for the players”: Nasser Hussain on cricket schedule after Ben Stokes quit ODIs
Ben Stokes made a big bang on Monday as he said he would retire from ODIs and play his last 50-over game against South Africa in Durham on Tuesday. The England Test captain said that playing all three formats of the game is unstable for him right now and hence he has decided to give time to his ODI career. Former England captain Nasser Hossain weighed in on the decision, saying the current cricket schedule is just “insanity for the players”.
“It’s disappointing news to say the least but it’s a reflection of where cricket’s schedule is at the moment. It’s madness for the players. If the ICC continues to hold ICC events and individual boards just fill in the gaps. Live as much cricket as you can, after all these cricketers will say that I am done. Stokes is done with a format at the age of 31, which can’t be right, really. Need to look at the schedule, this time A joke,” Hussain told Sky Sports.
“Looks like 50-over cricket is what everyone is looking for, because everybody loves Test match cricket and everyone loves T20 cricket. IPL is getting a wider window, so it’s more South Africa has also pulled out of bilateral series in white-ball cricket, which may require them to qualify for the World Cup and that’s a big deal.”
Talking further about Stokes’ decision, Hussain said: “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 had already announced that he was going to miss the white-ball series, and The Hundred. It’s a big surprise to completely knock 50-over cricket on the head.”
“I think it’s the schedule. The cricketing schedule at the moment is absolutely insane. If you play just one format – say Test matches – that’s perfectly fine. But if you’re a multi-format, multi-dimensional player, And even Test match captains like Stokes, who put their 100% in their jobs on the field and off the field, eventually have something to offer. For Ben, it’s 50-over cricket. , which is a real shame because it gave us and the England fans their biggest day in 2019 in a very long time, a day we will never forget with the World Cup final win.”
It is worth noting that Stokes was made the Test captain of England earlier this year.
“Three formats are untenable for me right now. Not only do I feel like my body is expecting me because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I also feel that I am replacing another player who can give Jose “It is time for someone else to move on as a cricketer and create incredible memories as I have in the last 11 years,” Stokes said in an official statement.
After making his ODI debut against Ireland in 2011, Stokes scored 2919 runs including three centuries and took 74 wickets.
The 31-year-old England Test captain’s ODI career will always be remembered for his player-of-the-match performance in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final against New Zealand at Lord’s.
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