IPL 2020: Even before the start of the 13th edition of the IPL, Rajasthan Royals are seeing a big setback. English all-rounder Ben Stokes of this team is finding it difficult to participate in this edition of IPL. Ben Stokes has been away from cricket for a long time because of his father’s illness.
Rajasthan Royals, which won the title of the first season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), are looking weak this time. The team has players like Steve Smith and Jofra Archer, but they are not very successful in T20 cricket. Meanwhile, there is news that the team’s most expensive all-rounder may also be out this season.
Legendary all-rounder Ben Stokes has been retained by the Rajasthan Royals for Rs 12.5 million, he will hardly be seen playing this time. Ben Stokes left for New Zealand from the middle of the Test series against Pakistan, as his father is very ill. He did not play the last two Tests against Pakistan and then in the T20 series. He was also not a part of the T20 and ODI series against Australia after this.
Due to this, Stokes is also suspected of playing in the IPL. Rajasthan Royals Chief Coach Andrew Macdonald said that the franchise is not yet aware of the availability of the Stokes. Rajasthan Royals will play their first match against Chennai Super Kings on 22 September. If Stokes had reached the UAE by 16 September, he could have played in this match. Coach Macdonald said, ‘This is a very difficult time for Stokes, so we are giving him full time. We cannot say anything about his association with the team right now. It will be decided at the right time. ‘