Stokes in shop window for IPL
Ben Stokes is the latest England cricketer to set his heart on a spell in the Indian Premier League and believes the experience could help take him to the next level.
Allrounder Stokes has put himself forward for the February 4 draft hoping to snare a lucrative contract and some priceless experience in one of the world’s premier Twenty20 competitions.
The 25-year-old is sure to draw interest given his powerful striking ability, usefulness with ball in hand and electric fielding, but both his asking price and availability could be decisive factors.
Stokes could push for the top reserve banding of around £238,000, pro-rata, and has the perfect chance to showcase his credentials during the limited-overs tour of India, which begins in earnest with tomorrow’s first one-day international. Team-mates Sam Billings and Jos Buttler are already contracted for IPL 10 and Jason Roy has confirmed his name will also be in the hat in Bangalore next month.
Alex Hales and one-day captain Eoin Morgan, a relative veteran of the tournament but now without a franchise following his release by Sunrisers Hyderabad, are also expected to be in the auction, though all are awaiting confirmation on how long England will allow them to play for.
“I’ve put myself forward for the auction, it’s a good opportunity to go away and experience different competitions,” said Stokes before training at the MCA Stadium, home to one of the IPL’s Rising Pune Supergiants. “I hope to see what it’s all about.”
Ben Stokes: Big asking price