English player pulled out in the middle of the Eng vs Pak series due to personal reasons. Still, Rajasthan Royals is not sure about his availability.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) is set to play the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, IPL will start in few days i.e less than a week. But still, Rajasthan Royals (RR) is not sure about their player’s participation for the season.
As per the crictracker, Rajasthan Royals (RR) is unsure about the availability of the English all-rounder Been Stokes. The surety of the Ben Stokes will play IPL 2020 is not there because of his father’s problem.
He pulled himself from the England vs Pakistan series in England. Due to the sickness of his father. Further, he also told the England cricket board not to consider him in Australia tour of England. Because he was selected for the England vs Australia series.
Therefore, Rajasthan Royals (RR) is in hopes to get English all-rounder Ben Stokes for this year of IPL. But they are still not sure whether he will join them in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for this season or not.
RR coach opinion on Ben Stokes availability
Rajasthan Royals (RR) coach clears all the scenarios behind the availability of Ben Stokes. He claims that the support of Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be with him and they are in contact with their all-rounder.
So soon they will announce his availability for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He said, “First and foremost, thoughts with the Stokes family. It’s a difficult scenario, so we are giving him as much time as he needs, and connecting with him as best as we can.”
While speaking to ESPNcricinfo he further continued and said, “So yeah, we are not sure where Stokesy’s right now, but once it has played out, then we can make our decisions from there.”
Henceforth, all the come back of Ben Stokes to United Arab Emirates (UAE) for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will depend upon his own decision. If his father’s health is not well then he might miss this season and it will be a big headache to Rajasthan Royals (RR).
Disadvantage to RR if Ben Stokes will miss the IPL 2020
If Ben Stokes will not be able to at the IPL 2020 season then it will be the full drawback to Steve Smith’s team. Because Rajasthan Royals (RR) is fully dependent on the four overseas players.
These overseas players are Steve Smith captain of Rajasthan Royals (RR), English pacer Jofra Archer, England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes, and Jos Buttler. Because these four players play a more important role in the Rajasthan Royal’s line up. Also they not have another proper alternative for them.
As Jofra Archer is leading bowling unit, Steve Smith along with Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes handles the batting department. Including experienced Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane.
Overall, it will be measure void in the Rajasthan Royals (RR) squad. If English all-rounder Ben Stokes will be absent for IPL 2020. As there is no other replacement is present for him in the RR squad. Or else, players like David Miller and Tom Curran need to handle the lower order. RR will play their first match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on 22 September 2020. Hence, it will come to know about his replacement or availability in a few days.