IPL Franchise Rajasthan Royals is likely to miss its premier all rounder Ben Stokes during the first half of the event. The Englishman is currently in Christchurch with his father, who has been diagonised with brain cancer.
Stokes is considered as the world’s best all-rounder right now. He left for Christchurch in the middle of the Test series against Pakistan last month after his father, Ged Stokes, a former rugby player, is diagonised with the disease.
Sources say that as per quarantine rules in New Zealand, Ben Stokes has completed his 14 days isolation period recently, after reaching the country. “Now he will be meeting his father and obviously he would like to spend quite sometimes with his family in the time of such crisis,” a source privy to the developments in the franchise told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Since Ben has recently completed his quarantine period, he will be missing the first couple of weeks or more of the 2020 IPL, which is to be held in UAE, from September 19 to November 10.
Sources further say that, “It is only logical that if he has just completed his quarantine, he would not be available for the first part of IPL and that’s completely understandable. The franchise will not even call Ben as this is not the priority at the moment. Let him spend quality family time and any discussion on his availability can happen only after that.”
The Royals have bought Ben Stokes this year for Rs. 12.5 crore. It is understood that the franchise will ‘wait’ for Ben to get back to the management and if only the cricketer confirms his availability for the second half, it will take things forward.
Stokes had revealed his mental state upon hearing of the news about his father saying, “I didn’t sleep for a week and my head wasn’t really in it,” to the Weekend Herald.
This year Rajasthan Royals will begin their campaign against Chennai Super Kings on 22nd Of September.