The ODI World Cup 2023 will take place in India from October 5 to November 19. England and New Zealand are set to clash in the opener in a rematch of the previous edition’s final. The opener will take place in the world’s largest cricket stadium, Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The same venue will also host the marquee clashes with India and Pakistan, England and Australia, and also the final of the mega event.
England’s title defense, therefore, begins on October 5. As such, there’s been a big update on England’s plans for the ODI World Cup 2023. Ben Stokes, England’s red-ball captain who stays retired from the limited-overs game will be requested by the English management to come back from retirement to play in the marquee event.
‘No clear direction on what he’s going to do’ – Matthew Mott on Ben Stokes
“Jos will probably lead the way on that communication, but Ben Stokes is fairly forthright with all of us. We’ll check on his interest,” England’s limited-overs coach Matthew Mott was quoted as saying to the Daily Mail Sport. “There has not been a clear direction on what he’s going to do yet, but we are still hopeful. I’ve always said his bowling would be a bonus, but just look at what he brings with the bat, even in the field. Watching him throughout the whole Ashes series, he had such a great presence. He’s done it for years when it comes to performing in one-day cricket and so he’s an invaluable commodity,” he added.
There were other news surrounding the squad updates as well. Firstly, it was decided that current skipper Jos Buttler would be talking to Ben Stokes himself. Secondly, England are keen on having Jofra Archer available for the big tournament. Therefore, a thorough medical examination will be done for the pacer. Once the reports of the same are available, England are planning to pick their squad for ODI World Cup 2023 on Tuesday, August 15. Therefore, an announcement could be expected between Tuesday and Wednesday.
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W for cricket tbvh🥵
— KOHLIverse (@82off52) August 13, 2023
Ye toh hona hi tha as expected
— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) August 13, 2023
Ben Stokes every-time pic.twitter.com/YSSDRhhHy9
— CHARLIE (@CharlieGulshan) August 13, 2023
Jadeja > Stokes
— LOYAL CSK FAN (@cskfanforlife) August 13, 2023
Sab ko wapas bulao
Kabhi Moeen ali kabhi stokes…
— Kartik Rawat (@MineKartik) August 13, 2023
No ben stoke is not afridi.🤡💯🤣
— Satya P Singh(spbtctrade) (@spsinghweb) August 13, 2023
Best fast bowling allrounder in the world currently.
— Pawan Shukla (@Shukla8175) August 13, 2023
As england won world cup due to his Bat iykyk pic.twitter.com/4BqvKKxa9X
— memes_hallabol (@memes_hallabol) August 13, 2023