Ben Stokes, the England all-rounder, may miss the men's T20 World Cup in Oman and the United Arab Emirates in October and November. Since July, Stokes has been on an indefinite break from all forms of cricket to focus on his mental health and enable his left index finger to heal after surgery.
Stokes will miss the second leg of the IPL 2021, which begins on September 19, as well as the present five-match Test series against India. Rajasthan Royals have brought in West Indies pacer Oshane Thomas as a replacement for Stokes.
England's selectors are likely to meet this weekend to decide on the 15-member team and three reserves for the T20 World Cup, which starts on September 10. The team may be announced as early as September 9, a day before the final Test against India in Manchester.
Stokes' last appearance for England was as captain in a three-match ODI series against Pakistan. He led a fresh England squad in absence of first-choice players due to the COVID-19 outbreak. After two outings for Northern Superchargers in the Hundred, it was announced that he would be on a break from the game with immediate effect.