England all-rounder Ben Stokes may miss the men’s T20 World Cup in Oman and the United Arab Emirates in October and November. Since July, Stokes has been on an indefinite break from all forms of cricket to focus on his mental health and enable him to recover his left index finger after surgery.
Stokes will also miss the ongoing five-match Test series against India, along with the second leg of IPL 2021, starting September 19. Rajasthan Royals have included West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas in place of Stokes.
England’s selectors are likely to meet later this week to decide on a 15-man squad and three reserves for the T20 World Cup starting September 10. The squad can be announced by September 9, a day before the final Test against India. in Manchester.
Stokes’ last appearance for England was as captain in the three-match ODI series against Pakistan. He led a new England team in the absence of first-choice players due to the COVID-19 outbreak. After two outings for Northern Superchargers in the Hundred, it was announced that he would be on a break from the game with immediate effect.