England all rounder ben stokes has taken an indefinite break from all forms of international cricket, with immediate effect to focus on on his mental state. As a result he wont be available for the test series against India that is starting from next week. but what caused ben stokes to take indefinite rest?
Ben stokes has spent the majority of the last year in bio bubble with England test and limited overs team. and he is a that kind of player, who you could not afford to miss out from playing 11. He has that kind of effect in game. Than after the national duty ,stokes came for IPL where again he had to live in bio secure bubbles as per guidelines.
Bio secure bubbles are very safe bubbles . it was made to organize sporting events during COVID -19 pandemic with strict quarantine and safety measures throughout that period . it is very easy to say that the players who are in bio bubble do not have to do anything they just have to live like a normal life. but it is not so easy in reality. it is a like a cage , an invisible cage where you can go on a limited space only with strict protocols and guidelines to be followed. these bio bubbles are safe for organizing cricket and other sporting events but they are very irritating and difficult for players.
Recently We also heard that about many incidents in this year’s IPL, that many foreign players did not came to play IPL due to bio bubble fatigue because these players were playing in these bio bubbles for a long period of time and they were not ready to live in these restrictions for 2 months more. And in many bio bubbles , families are not allowed.
“Ben has shown tremendous courage to open up about his feelings and wellbeing. “Our primary focus has always been and will continue to be the mental health and welfare of all of our people. The demands on our athletes to prepare and play elite sport are relentless in a typical environment, but the ongoing pandemic has acutely compounded this.
“Spending significant amounts of time away from family, with minimal freedoms, is extremely challenging. The cumulative effect of operating almost continuously in these environments over the last 16 months has had a major impact on everyone’s wellbeing.”
“Ben will be given as long as he needs, and we look forward to seeing him playing cricket for England in the future,” said Ashley Giles, the Managing Director of England Men’s cricket. (source : https://m.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/118394/ben-stokes-england-cricket-to-take-an-indefinite-break-from-all-cricket-cricbuzzcom)
As a result , ben stokes will miss the upcoming series against India , that will be a huge loss for England test team. There is an uncertainity that whether he will be availabe for ICC T20 WC or not because the time period of his break is not stated. that is going to be held in UAE. but first of all keeping all cricket side, he should take a reasonable amount of break so that he recovers with the mental fatigue as soon as possible.