I like enjoying for Durham and am delighted to be signing a brand new long-term deal: Stokes © Getty
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has signed a brand new three-year contract extension with Durham, a deal that can preserve him on the membership till the tip of 2021.
It’s a main increase for the county at a time when they’re rebuilding after the lack of a number of homegrown gamers over the previous three years. Since their compelled Championship relegation by the ECB in 2016 due to monetary points, Durham have misplaced the likes of Keaton Jennings, Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick to different golf equipment and shedding the providers of one of many world’s greatest all-rounders would have added insult to damage.
Nevertheless, that has by no means realistically been an possibility for Stokes, a one membership man on the county who gave him his debut in skilled cricket and nurtured his expertise throughout his early profession. His England teammate Mark Wooden has equally been developed by Durham and has additionally stayed on the membership.
Due to the love he’s held in by the membership’s supporters, Stokes stays such an vital determine for Durham regardless of his England duties precluding him from enjoying a lot for them, a scenario that isn’t going to vary anytime quickly.
“I like enjoying for Durham and am delighted to be signing a brand new long-term deal on the County the place I learnt my commerce,” Stokes mentioned. “I am very captivated with serving to Durham compete on the high degree and if I’m given any alternatives to play this season, I’ll give every part to the membership.”
The 27 year-old is at the moment enjoying for Rajasthan Royals within the IPL and can then return dwelling on the finish of April to hitch up with England to start their World Cup preparations. Following that event, he shall be concerned within the Ashes sequence which implies Durham may even see him even lower than they did final season when he performed one Championship recreation and 4 T20 Blast matches.
Durham Cricket, Chief Govt, Tim Bostock, added: “Ben is likely one of the most interesting gamers in world cricket and we’re delighted he has chosen to hold on his county profession with Durham. He’s now within the prime of his profession and whereas we might not see him as a lot as we wish over the subsequent yr, his affect stays big across the membership.
“Ben is a shining instance of what our younger gamers can obtain with onerous work and dedication to go alongside expertise.”