England's Ben Stokes bats during T20 World Cup finals against Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
England's Ben Stokes. Image Credit: AP

England Test captain Ben Stokes has raised concerns over the scheduling of international cricket, saying the authorities do not give the matter enough thought.

Stokes highlighted England’s three-match one-day international series in Australia in November, which started four days after they won the Twenty20 World Cup.

He described it as a “series which meant nothing”.

“The scheduling doesn’t get enough attention that it should,” Stokes said.

Three formats

“Some people say ‘you are playing for England, that should be enough’. But there is a lot more to factor in.” Stokes announced his retirement from ODIs in July, citing the “unsustainable” rigour of playing all three formats of the game.

The 31-year-old was part of the England team who won the ODI World Cup in 2019.

“You want international cricket to be the highest standard. But we have seen a lot of different squads being picked and players being rested, and that’s not the way international cricket should go,” Stokes added.