Rajasthan Royals will get the much-needed boost as their ace all-rounder Ben Stokes will arrive in the UAE later tonight. Soon after landing in the UAE, Stokes will begin their quarantine so that he can be available for selection at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Stokes has been going through some family issues after his father suffered from brain cancer. The Rajasthan Royals all-rounder is currently in New Zealand to be with his parents in these testing times. He missed that limited-overs series against Pakistan and the following series against Australia.
Ben Stokes to arrive in the UAE tonight
There were speculations that Ben Stokes might miss the entire IPL 2020 after head coach Andrew McDonald admitted that they haven’t heard from the cricketer. Soon after that, reports have emerged that he might be available from the first week of October. And it is turning out to be true.
A report in ANI suggests that well-placed sources have confirmed that Ben Stokes will land in the UAE later tonight when Rajasthan Royals play Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi.
“He is coming in tonight and will immediately undergo the COVID-19 related procedures before joining the rest of the unit,” the source said.
Ben Stokes will be under six-day quarantine as per general rules and will have to undergo tests before joining the squad. It will be a massive booster for Rajasthan Royals, who have lacked firepower in the lower-order. They have lacked experience so far, and Ben Stokes addition will do a world of good for the Steve Smith-led side.
Meanwhile, Stokes has been in the form of his life since the 2019 World Cup last year and has played some memorable knocks for his sides.
So far, Ben Stokes has played 34 IPL matches scoring 635 runs with the highest score of 103. He also has 26 wickets to his name.