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Breaking: CSK set to release Ben Stokes ahead of 2024 auction

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are apparently planning to let go of English all-rounder Ben Stokes. They acquired him for Rs 16.25 crore in the last mini-auction. The reason behind this decision is Stokes’ likely unavailability for IPL 2024.

Ben Stokes to be realeased by Chennai Super Kings ahead of 2024 IPL

Stokes, who participated in only two games in the previous season, is set to undergo knee surgery, requiring a two-month recovery period. The CSK management, not willing to take a risk on his availability for the IPL, has been in talks with Stokes about his focus post-World Cup.

Although England’s World Cup campaign has ended. Direct contact between CSK and Stokes remains pending, and talks with his manager have proven inconclusive.

An official from CSK emphasized their high regard for Stokes as a big match player. The official stated, “We would not consider releasing Stokes if he could be available. “However, concerns about blocking Rs 16 crore without on-field contribution have prompted the consideration of potential releases.

KKR to release Lockie Ferguson

In a parallel development, there are indications of a potential release for Lockie Ferguson. Initially purchased by Gujarat Titans in 2022 for Rs 10 crore. Later traded to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2023. KKR is reportedly contemplating Ferguson’s release due to his injury history.

Rumors circulating about a trade between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore involving Shardul Thakur and Harshal Patel have been confirmed as unfounded. However, intense discussions on high-profile trades among franchises are ongoing, with the outcome expected to be revealed by November 19 which is the last day for trades to be completed. Franchises are mandated to announce their lists of retentions and releases by November 26. The subsequent auction is scheduled to take place at the Coca Cola Arena in Dubai on December 19.

As the cricketing community eagerly awaits the finalization of player trades and team compositions. The dynamics leading up to the upcoming IPL season promise intrigue and potential strategic shifts among the participating franchises.

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