The IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals will miss their all-rounder Ben Stokes during the first part of the T20 event as the World Cup Winner is in New Zealand to be with his ill father Ged.
“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 media.
Ben Stokes has been bought by Rajasthan Royals for just Rs 12.5 crores. “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 added.
The IPL will start on September 19 in the UAE & the finals is scheduled on November 10. It is understood that the franchise will “wait” for Stokes to get back to the management & only if the cricketer confirms his availability for the second half then they will take things forward.
The 29 year old has played about 67 test matches, 95 ODIs & 26 T20Is. He had a major role in England’s World Cup victory besides an epic match-winning hundred in an Ashes Test match in 2019. Recently he also won a Test match against West Indies
“I didn’t sleep for a week and my head wasn’t really in it,” Stokes had told the Weekend Herald on Saturday after reaching New Zealand.
“Leaving was the right choice from a mental point of view,” the cricketer added.