Uncertainty over Stokes’ participation in IPL
There’s been going much uncertainty over the participation of the players in the most popular franchise-based T20 cricket tournament Indian Premier League (IPL) this year.
Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) Suresh Raina has already withdrawn himself from the tournament while Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) Kane Richardson has also done the same as he and his wife are expecting their first child. CSK’s Harbhajan Singh is also thinking the same.
However, there’s also a question about the availability of Rajasthan Royal’s (RR) star all-rounder Ben Stokes. One of the best all-rounder in international cricket currently, Stokes has recently revealed that he’s needed a mental break from all forms of cricket as his ailing father has been diagnosed with lethal brain cancer.
He also left the Test series against Pakistan midway last month to attend his ailing father, Ged, in New Zealand.
“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 was quoted as saying to the Weekend Herald.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) also hasn’t picked Stokes for the upcoming limited-overs series against Australia which is scheduled to start on September 4, Friday. So, there’s a big question mark is looming over the participation of England all-rounder in the upcoming edition of the IPL as he’s away from international cricket for long time and wanted break.
The official confirmation hasn’t come yet about Stokes’ participation in the IPL but Rajasthan Royals want to clear the matter soon as they have to find replacement for Stokes if he won’t participate in this year’s IPL which is scheduled to start on September 19.