Former England captain Nasser Hussain has criticized the hectic schedule of international cricket which came out after the retirement news of prolific player Ben-Stokes. He played an important role in England’s 2019 World Cup title, and announced his retirement from the ODI format.
31-year captain of test team Ben Stokes says it is impossible for him to play in all the formats. Nasir Hussain wrote at Sky Sports,
Hussain wrote, ‘If the ICC makes its cricket schedule and different cricket boards organize their tournaments in the remaining time, then the players will not be able to play for long. Stokes decided to retire from one format at the age of just 31, it cannot be right. There is a need to keep an eye on the cricket schedule. At present, it is like a joke.
54-year-old Hussain said, ‘It was surprising for me to hear about his (Stokes) retirement. He gave the team the biggest success in 2019. If you ask me to pick one player from this team, then Stokes is the biggest match winner.
So Far Stokes has played only nine ODIs after the 2019 World Cup as he remained out of the team for a long time due to injury, mental health breaks and workload management. Another former England captain Michael Vaughan said that teams will have to cut bilateral series to reduce the burden of players.
He said, ‘If cricket boards around the world organize their league cricket, then bilateral ODI and T20 series will have to be abolished. Hussain played 96 Tests and 88 One Day Internationals in his career.