Rajasthan Royals and England all-rounder could miss the first half of IPL 2020. The league is all set to begin under 2 weeks on September 19 in the UAE. Stokes is currently in New Zealand with his father Ged, who is diagnosed with brain cancer.
After the first Test match against Pakistan last month, Stokes had decided to fly back to his family in New Zealand and spend time with his father. Stokes has now completed the 14 days mandatory quarantine period obligated by the New Zealand government will now be able to meet his family.
Ben Stokes could miss first half of IPL
Moreover, It is assumed that Stokes would like to spend a considerable amount of time with his ailing father. As a result, Rajasthan Royals will have to wait for Stokes to join the squad for IPL 2020.
“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 close to Rajasthan Royals franchise told PTI.
Meanwhile, the source also confirmed that the franchise is willing to wait for his star all-rounder and will not rush things to make him join the squad for the upcoming season.
“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 a 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 all-rounder is one of the most prominent cricketers in the world right now and has also been an integral part of Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Talking about his international career he has so far played 67 Tests, 95 ODIs and 26 T20I for England.