Ben Stokes: England will make late decision over T20 World Cup squad

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Ben Stokes (left), last played for England in an international against Pakistan on 13th July.

Head coach Chris Silverwood says that England will not make a decision about Ben Stokes' participation in the T20 World Cup until it is too late.

After announcing that he would be taking an "indefinite" break from cricket to improve his mental health, Stokes the all-rounder has been unable to attend the Test series against India.

On Thursday, England will announce their World Cup squad.

Silverwood stated, "I won't be putting any pressure on him nor rushing him. And whatever support he requires, he will receive."

From 17 October to 14 Nov, the World Cup in Oman and the United Arab Emirates will be held. England will face West Indies in their first match on 23 October.

They might make changes to the squad once it has been named, but they are unlikely to do this unless there is an injury.

In late September, the squad for the Ashes series, which begins in Australia on 8 December, will be announced.

England is already without fast bowler Jofra archer, who will be out for at least one year due to an elbow injury.

Stokes, 30 years old, stated in July that he would be taking an "indefinite break" from cricket to prioritize his mental health and rest his index finger. He broke it while playing for Rajasthan Royals in April's Indian Premier League.

Although Stokes has not yet spoken with Silverwood, he did have discussions with other members from the England set up.

Silverwood stated, "I will give him the space I can, but there is people talking to him."

"My only concern for him is. "I just want to make sure that he is OK. The rest of the questions will follow."