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“England All-Rounder Opts Out of 2024 T20 World Cup”

Star all-rounder Ben Stokes has announced his decision not to be considered for selection for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, as confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Tuesday, 2 April.

Stokes, who currently serves as England’s Test captain, expressed his primary focus on regaining full bowling fitness, not only for the upcoming summer but also for future cricketing commitments.

In his statement, Stokes emphasized his dedication to becoming a complete all-rounder across all formats of the game. He mentioned that opting out of both the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the T20 World Cup is a sacrifice aimed at achieving his long-term goal of fulfilling his role as an all-rounder.

Reflecting on his decision, Stokes acknowledged the challenges he faced during England’s recent Test tour of India due to his knee surgery and the extended period without bowling. He expressed his eagerness to feature for Durham in the County Championship before England’s Test summer commences.

Stokes extended his best wishes to his teammates, including Jos Buttler and coach Matthew Mott, for the T20 World Cup campaign, hoping for a successful title defense.

Stokes’ return to England’s squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 marked a remarkable comeback from retirement. However, knee issues limited his participation in the tournament to six matches as a specialist batsman.

Following the World Cup, Stokes underwent knee surgery and made a memorable return during England’s Test series against India earlier this year. Despite his limited bowling, Stokes showcased his skill by claiming crucial wickets, including that of Rohit Sharma during the final Test.

England, the defending champions of the T20 World Cup, will begin their campaign on 4 June against Scotland in Barbados. Placed in Group B, they are set to face strong competition from Australia, Namibia, and Oman as they aim for another title triumph.

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