3 players who would have played the 2023 ODI World Cup if not retired
Most cricketers plan their careers with the next World Cups in mind. However, a few of them retire from the game although the World Cup may be not far away. That has happened before the 2023 ODI World Cup, as well. If some of these cricketers would have not retired, they would have had a great chance to take part in the event in India. In this article, we take a look at three players who would have played the 2023 ODI World Cup if not retired.
1) Ben Stokes
One of the most surprising retirements of this year is that of Ben Stokes. The English all-rounder announced his retirement from the ODI format. The player of the match in the final of the 2019 ODI World Cup, Stokes would have surely been in plans for the 2023 event. He is a brilliant middle-order batter and can also easily provide 10 overs of medium pace. However, citing workload, the player stated that he won't play the format anymore.
2) Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan is one of the players who would have played the 2023 ODI World Cup if not retired. The 2019 World Cup-winning captain made the announcement a few weeks ago. His form was not good but he could have surely been backed to push until the 2023 ODI World Cup. An experienced candidate, Morgan would have been useful on the Indian pitches because he has played a lot of cricket. Therefore, he would be a major miss for the Three Lions.
3) Kieron Pollard
West Indies is struggling in the ODI format right now. In this situation, a player like Pollard would have been useful with his experience. However, he recently announced his retirement. Pollard has been part of the IPL for more than a decade. Hence, his expertise on Indian pitches could have helped West Indies. However, that will not happen, as of now.