Ben Stokes is now in UAE to play in IPL 2020 for Rajasthan Royals but according to him it wasn’t an easy decision for him. Stokes says his father reminded him of his “duties to the job” as he was preparing to leave New Zealand to play in the Indian Premier League following compassionate leave.
The England all-rounder travelled to New Zealand in August to be with his father, Ged, who has brain cancer.
Stokes landed in Dubai on Saturday to meet up with the Rajasthan Royals.
“Dad told me I have a duty to do the job that I do and as a husband and father as well,” Stokes said.
Stokes, 29, missed two of England’s summer Test matches against Pakistan to be with his family.
Writing in his Daily Mirror Column Stokes said he was able to come to Dubai “with my parents’ love and blessing”.
“We came to a decision that now sees me back focusing on the game and then I’ll be heading home to Clare [his wife] and the kids.
“All things considered, I’m in a good place.”
While RR were handed a major boost with Ben Stokes coming in two days earlier, but Smith revealed the burly Englishman won’t be available for selection against Delhi Capitals on Saturday.
“He (Stokes) is not out till the 10th I think. He is not too far away, hopefully, we can get a few wins before he’s back and then gain momentum,” Smith said.
He further added: “I don’t think we need to panic too much, it is just about implementing our plans and playing some good cricket for longer. We haven’t been able to do that in the last three games and we have to turn it around quickly. Hopefully, get a bit of momentum.”