Ben Stokes pulls out of 2024 Indian Premier League

England Test captain Ben Stokes has made himself unavailable for next year’s Indian Premier League.

Stokes was purchased by Chennai Super Kings for GBP 1.65million last December, but struggled with his fitness and played only twice for his new franchise in the 2023 tournament.

A long-standing knee injury failed to stop Stokes from starring in the Ashes this summer, while he recently came out of 50-over retirement to feature in England’s unsuccessful defence of their World Cup crown in India.

He is set for surgery on his knee injury to ensure he is fit for England’s five-match Test series with India which begins in January and has cited the need to manage his workload as a reason for missing the 2024 IPL, with the Twenty20 World Cup also on the horizon in June.

Despite Stokes being unavailable for defending IPL champions Super Kings, the management team of the franchise are supportive of the all-rounder’s decision to skip next year’s tournament, that is expected to again run between March and May.

“England Test captain, all-rounder Ben Stokes has made himself unavailable for IPL 2024 to manage his workload and fitness,” a statement from Chennai Super Kings read.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes has struggled with a knee injury (Nick Potts/PA)

“Stokes, 32, became a part of the Super Kings ahead of the successful IPL 2023.

“He recently participated in the ODI World Cup 2023, which he came out of retirement for.

“The Chennai Super Kings management is supportive of Ben in his decision to manage his workload with England playing a five-Test series in India before the IPL and then the T20 World Cup in June 2024.”