Ben Stokes, who had taken a break from cricket to meet his ailing father in New Zealand, has revealed that his parents had encouraged him to get back to the job.
After he got the news of his father’s illness, the England allrounder had left the Pakistan series in between to be with his parents. He had also missed the bilateral series against Australia at home. In August, he had travelled to New Zealand to meet his father, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Ben Stokes, earlier this week, joined Rajasthan Royals in the UAE to feature in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. He had already missed five matches for them and is likely to play matches for them after completing the quarantine period.
Ben Stokes Reveals His Father Told Him To Get Back To Play IPL:
Ben Stokes expressed that it was hard to leave his parents but it was his father’s decision to get back into action. He opined that he was able to come back to play IPL because of his parents’ love and blessing.
“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,” Stokes wrote in his column for the ‘Daily Mirror’.
“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,” he said.
“My dad was also very strong on the responsibilities I have. He told me I have a duty to do the job that I do and I have a duty as a husband and father as well,” he added.
Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith has said that Stokes will not be available till October 10 due to quarantine.