Stokes left out of England’s T20 World Cup squad

Manchester, United Kingdom: Ben Stokes was left out of England’s provisional squad announced on Thursday for next month’s T20 World Cup in Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

Stokes is currently taking an indefinite leave of absence from cricket for his mental wellbeing and to recover from a finger injury.

The 30-year-old all-rounder, a key member of the side that won the 2019 50-over World Cup, has not taken the field since July.

“Durham’s Ben Stokes was not available for selection and continues to take an indefinite break from all cricket to prioritise his mental wellbeing,” said an England and Wales Cricket Board statement.

But fast bowler Tymal Mills has been included, returning to the side for the first time since 2017.

Mills has impressed during this season’s domestic T20 Blast and starred for Southern Brave as they won the inaugural edition of the Hundred.

“I believe we have selected a squad that covers all bases and has the depth to be successful in what is expected to be a very competitive tournament featuring the best players in the world,” said England head coach Chris Silverwood. – AFP