Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes To Skip Ireland ODIs to Play 14 IPL Games

Updated: 21 February 2017 21:38 IST

After bagging big IPL contracts, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes will skip the ODIs against Ireland to take part in the league while Tymal Mills will be available for the entire duration of the tournament.

Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes To Skip Ireland ODIs to Play 14 IPL Games
Stokes, Woakes to be available for most part of the IPL © AFP

After becoming the most expensive overseas player in Indian Premier League (IPL) history on Monday, England all-rounder Ben Stokes has said that he is looking forward to share the dressing room with Rising Pune Supergiants stars Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Steve Smith. Stokes was bought by the Pune franchise for a whopping amount of Rs. 14.5 crore during the player auction on Monday, February 20. After fetching a record deal at the acutions, England's richest cricketer Stokes will now skip his country's two-match ODI series against Ireland as he will be available for the entire duration of 14 league matches of Rising Pune Supergiants.

Mumbai Indians' Jos Buttler and Kolkata Knight Riders' Chris Woakes will also be available for entire league stage and will only return post May 14, according to a report in Cricinfo.

However white limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan (KXIP), Jason Roy (Gujarat Lions) and Sam Billings (Delhi Daredevils) will be returning after the April matches get over.

Pacer Tymal Mills, who got Rs 12 crore from RCB will be available for the entire duration of the tournament.

The IPL is set begin on April 5 with eight teams taking part in the competition. As per the schedule, the first IPL 2017 match will see defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad play last year's runners-up Royal Challengers Bangalore.

(With PTI inputs)

 

Topics : Ben Stokes Eoin Morgan Tymal Mills Chris Woakes IPL 2017 Rising Pune Supergiants Kings XI Punjab Gujarat Lions Mumbai Indians Kolkata Knight Riders Cricket
Highlights
  • Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes will miss the ODIs against Ireland
  • Tymal Mills will be available for the entire edition of IPL 2017
  • The IPL will begin from April 5 and continue till May 21
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