Ben Stokes

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) England all-rounder Ben Stokes has asserted that the exposure available in the Big Bash League (BBL) and the Indian Premier League (IPL) is missing in his native country.

Stokes, who was bought by Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) for a whopping Rs 14.50 crore during last month’s auction, will be making his IPL league debut this year.

The 25-year-old, who has played for Melbourne Renegades in the BBL in Australia, said playing against and alongside some of the top players in the world has helped him to improve his game.

“The exposure you get in the competitions like these (BBL and IPL), you don’t get in England. You get to play and share dressing room with the best players in the world, which is missing there,” Stokes told media persons here on Thursday.

Stokes was welcomed by RPS team owner Sanjeev Goenka, who presented the England all-rounder with the official team jersey alongside skipper Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane.

RPS will open their campaign against Mumbai Indians at home on April 6.

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