Rajasthan Royals – the famous franchise of Indian Premier League (IPL) is supposed to not get the services of their star all-rounder Ben Stokes during the first half of the cash-rich T20 league as the World Cup winner has been staying in New Zealand with his ill father Ged.
Ben Stokes – who is considered as one of the best all-rounders in the world cricket right now, left for Christchurch in between the Test series against Pakistan last month after his father was diagnosed with brain cancer.
“As per quarantine rules in New Zealand, Ben has just completed his 14-day isolation period after reaching New Zealand. Now he will be meeting his father and obviously he would like to spend some quiet time with his family in this time of crisis,” a source privy to developments in the franchise told PTI.
It is noteworthy that Ben Stokes was bought by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs of 12.5 crore.
“It is only logical that if he has just completed his quarantine, he would not be available for the first part of the IPL and that is completely understandable. The franchise will not even call Ben as this is not priority at the moment. Let him spend quality family time and any discussions on his availability can happen only after that,” the source further added.
The 2020 IPL will begin from September 19 in the UAE to keep the rise of COVID-19 cases of India in mind and the 53-day tournament will end on November 10. Meanwhile, team management is expected to wait for him only if he confirms his availability for the second half of the tournament. Click here to bet on cricket events.
The all-rounder has so far played 67 Tests, 95 ODIs and 26 T20 Internationals and played a key role in England’s World Cup win. Moreover, he played an important role in the Ashes 2019 where he had smashed a match-winning hundred as well.
“I didn’t sleep for a week and my head wasn’t really in it,” Ben Stokes had said the Weekend Herald on Saturday after his arrival in New Zealand.
“Leaving was the right choice from a mental point of view,” the cricketer further added.