IPL 2023: Ben Stokes to fly back to England before playoffs

Chennai Super Kings’ all rounder Ben Stokes won’t be available for selection in the playoffs.

Ben Stokes, the dynamic all-rounder of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), has made the decision to fly back to England before the playoffs of the Indian Premier League (IPL). This means that he will not be available for selection in the crucial playoff matches, as he wants to prioritize his preparations for the upcoming Ashes series scheduled to be held in June this year and also upcoming Test matches against Ireland.

Stokes, known for his explosive batting and effective bowling, has been an integral part of the CSK squad throughout the IPL season. However, with the Ashes on the horizon, Stokes has chosen to prioritize national duties over his IPL commitments.


The Ashes is one of the most highly anticipated cricketing events, featuring a fierce battle between England and Australia. Stokes, being a key player and captain for the English team, wants to ensure that he is fully prepared and in prime form for the contest against their old rivals. As a result, he has made the difficult decision to leave his IPL team and return home to England for focused training and preparations.