The 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) will begin on 19 September. The first match will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
The Rajasthan Royals suffered a major setback on Monday (7 September), 12 days before the start of the IPL. His star all-rounder Ben Stokes will not be able to play in all the team’s matches. World Cup champion Stokes is currently in New Zealand with his ailing father. Stokes’ father has brain cancer.
He left the series against Pakistan and went to New Zealand. Stokes also did not play in the series against Australia.
“As per Quarantine rules in New Zealand, Stokes remained alone for 14 days after arriving there,” said a source from the franchisee who was aware of the matter. Now he will meet his father and obviously in this difficult time he would like to spend some time with his family.
With Stokes having just completed Quarantine (in New Zealand), it is understandable that he will not be with the team for the opening matches of the IPL. The franchisee will not even call him now as it is not his priority right now. Let them spend a good time with the family, IPL can be discussed later.
Rajasthan Royals bought Stokes for Rs 12.5 crore. It is believed that Stokes will wait until the franchise returns to the team. That too only on the condition that they confirm their availability in the second half of the tournament. The 29-year-old has played 67 Tests, 95 ODIs and 26 T20 matches.
He has played a key role in helping England win the World Cup. The match against Australia in the Ashes was played by Jitau. Apart from this, England had won the match against West Indies by scoring both innings centuries and half-centuries.
Many teams have suffered a setback before Rajasthan. Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh of Chennai Super Kings have withdrawn their names. After this, Lasith Malinga of Mumbai Indians withdrew his name.
Jason Roy and Chris Woakes of Delhi Capitals will not play in the tournament. At the same time, Royal Challengers Bangalore lost to Ken Richardson. He was replaced by Adam Jampa. Harry Garni of Kolkata Knight Riders will not play.