In a significant development preceding the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 auction, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) They are expected to let the England star go. ben stokes. According to a Cricbuzz report, the decision arose out of apprehensions over Stokes’ likely unavailability for the upcoming season of the cash-rich league.
The restricted participation of Ben Stokes and his unfortunate injury
Bought by CSK for a hefty sum of INR 16.25 crore in the most recent mini-auction in Kochi, Stokes had a marginal impact in the previous season. The versatile English player participated in only two games and it has been confirmed that he will undergo surgery on his left knee, which will require almost a couple of months to recover.
Unwillingness to take risks on availability.
Even though the player has indicated that he will focus on the IPL post-World Cup, the CSK management remains unsure of his availability for the 2024 season. Reportedly inconclusive talks with Stokes and lack of direct contact with the player, even after England’s World Cup campaign concluded, add to the uncertainty.
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“We would not entertain the idea of releasing Stokes if he could be available because he is an important player and we hold him in high regard. However, if he cannot make it to the season, we will have invested Rs 16 million, which we could use to acquire some high caliber players.” said a CSK official.
Other possible releases
Apart from Stokes, there is speculation about the possible release of the New Zealand fast bowler. Lockie Ferguson for him Calcutta Knights Riders (KKR). Originally insured by Gujarat Titans (GT) in 2022 for INR 10 crore, Ferguson moved to KKR in 2023.