CWC 2023: Irfan Pathan gives advice to England after the defeat against Afghanistan


The defending champion England team is going through a difficult phase in the 2023 World Cup. They lost two of their first three matches, while Afghanistan were also eliminated in the previous match. Meanwhile, former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has advised England to bring in their great player Ben Stokes. According to Pathan, even if Stokes is not fully fit, he should be included in the playing eleven.

Jos Buttler-led England suffered a 69-run defeat against Afghanistan in Delhi on Sunday. Earlier, England also had to face defeat by 137 runs in the first match against New Zealand, while the team’s only win came against Bangladesh. England has to play its next match against South Africa on 21 October. This match will be played on 21st October at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Ben Stokes, who returned from retirement for the ODI World Cup, had a hip injury problem, due to which the left-handed batsman has not played a single match yet. However, the Indian all-rounder believes that England should not delay in bringing him now.

Irfan Pathan wants to suggest Ben Stokes to play against South Africa

Reviewing England’s defeat on Star Sports, Pathan said that England should include Stokes in their next match. The left-handed all-rounder said:

Include Ben Stokes in the team, even though he is 99% fit. You need them. You brought them because of the experience. If you lose the next match, you will not have a chance to make a comeback.

England are fifth in the points table with two wins and two losses from three matches. He will have to perform well in the coming matches, otherwise the path to the semi-finals will be very difficult.