Stokes in shop win­dow for IPL

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - Sport -

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

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