The all-rounder Ben Stokes will not be giving his services to Rajhastan Royals (RR) for the first half phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). The player’s unavailability is due to his father’s brain cancer who is admitted in New Zealand’s Christchurch.
The management has been cooperative with him as they have revealed that they will not be pressurizing him with their back to back calls. RR have made it sure to let Ben spend some quality time with his dad.
The player has reached there and the isolation of fourteen days has already been ended. He will once again feature in the cash-rich league after missing on in the first phase.
Ben Stokes to miss the first half of 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 privy to developments in the franchise said, as quoted by Star Sports.
“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.
“I didn’t sleep for a week and my head wasn’t really in it. Leaving was the right choice from a mental point of view,” Stokes had told the Weekend Herald on Saturday after reaching New Zealand.