Chennai Super Kings are reportedly deliberating the release of England all-rounder Ben Stokes ahead of IPL 2024. Acquired for a whopping Rs 16.25 crore in the last mini-auction, Stokes’ limited participation in the previous season and his impending knee surgery have raised concerns about his availability for the upcoming IPL.
Stokes’ Prioritization: Focused on IPL Post World Cup
Stokes is set to undergo surgery on his left knee, requiring nearly two months of recovery. CSK, hesitant to gamble on his availability, is considering releasing the star player. A CSK official stated, “We hold him in the highest regard, but if he can’t make it to the season, we will have blocked Rs 16 crore with which we could acquire some quality players.”
While Stokes expressed his intention to focus on the IPL after the World Cup, direct communication between CSK and the player is pending. Discussions with his manager have been inconclusive, leaving the CSK management in a difficult position regarding the player’s status for the upcoming season.
Potential Roster Shakeup: Trade Talks and Releases Across IPL Franchises
Apart from Stokes, other potential releases and trades are making headlines. Lockie Ferguson, initially bought by Gujarat Titans and later traded to Kolkata Knight Riders in 2023, is under scrutiny due to his injury history. Speculations around a trade involving Shardul Thakur and Harshal Patel between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore have surfaced but are not confirmed.
Intense discussions among IPL franchises regarding high-profile trades are ongoing, with the deadline for trade completion set for November 19. Franchises must announce their lists of retentions and releases by November 26, leading up to the auction scheduled for December 19 at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. The cricketing world awaits potential roster overhauls and strategic moves by the franchises in the lead-up to IPL 2024.