Ben Stokes express that his come back to cricket comes with the “love and blessing” of his family. After assemble with his Rajasthan Royals teammates in the UAE to take part in the IPL.
Stokes was permitted indefinite leave during England’s Test series against Pakistan in August. Strokes father Ged was diagnosed with brain cancer, and has spent the past five weeks in New Zealand.
However, he flew into the UAE late last week, having returned to training in Christchurch prior to that, and could be ready to feature in Rajasthan’s next fixture, against Kings XI in Sharjah on Friday, once he’s completed his mandatory six-day quarantine.
“Sitting in a hotel room in quarantine once again after leaving New Zealand is not how I thought I would be arriving at the IPL, but here I am and all things considered, I’m in a good place,” Stokes wrote in his column for The Mirror.
“Saying goodbye to my dad, my mum and my brother in Christchurch was tough. It has been a difficult time for us as a family, but we’ve pulled together and supported each other as best we can.
“And I was able to get on the plane with my parents’ love and blessing after we reached the decision, for me to get back playing, as a family with no external influences.”