Ben Stokes, England’s all-rounder is set to miss England’s upcoming Test tour of Sri Lanka following the death of his father, Ged Stokes. On the other hand pacer, Jofra Archer will also be rested for the series.
England will face the island country in a two-match Test series beginning January 14. Both the matches are to be played in Galle after conclusion of Sri Lanka and South Africa 2 match test series in South Africa on 7th January, 2021.
Ben Stokes’ Father Ged Stokes, A Rugby Player Passed Away At 65
Ben Stokes’ father Ged Stokes has passed away at the age of 65 after fighting a year-long battle with brain cancer. The all-rounder’s father was a former rugby player and played the sport in England in the 1980s.
He later also was a coach for the same club. Ged Stokes played for rugby league club named Workington Town. The club announced the news of his demise on Twitter.
Sharing a condolence message, the rugby club wrote, “It is with great sadness that we learn that our former player and coach Ged Stokes has passed away. Ged is written into the rich fabric of Town history and will be greatly missed.”
His former rugby club Workington Town confirmed his passing away with a statement on social media Twitter.
“It is with great sadness that we learn our former player and coach Ged Stokes has passed away,” Workington Town said in a statement.
“Ged is written into the rich fabric of Town history and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Deb, Ben and James. Ged still has many, many friends here in West Cumbria and we send our thoughts to them too.”
He featured for the club in the year 1982-83 and even coached them in 2003, the same year his family emigrated from New Zealand to Cumbria, located in North West England.
Ben Stokes Pulled Out Of Test Series Against Pakistan And Missed A Few IPL Matches Earlier In 2020 To Attend Ailing Father
Earlier in the summer, Ben Stokes had pulled out of the Test series against Pakistan midway through the series for family reasons.
He also missed the first half of Indian Premier League in the UAE before joining his franchise Rajasthan Royals for the last phase of the tournament. Ben Stokes featured in 8 matches and scored 285 runs averaging 40.71 besides taking 2 wickets with a century, but his franchise finished last in most competitive IPL ever.
“My dad was 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,” Ben Stokes had recently said.
“We gave it all a lot of thought and talked it over at length, and we came to a decision that now sees me back focusing on the game.”
Ben Stokes who played a major role in England’s 2019 World Cup win against New Zealand played in 67 Tests, 95 ODIs and 29 T20Is apart from 42 IPL matches. The 29-year-old is a left-hand batsman but a right-arm medium pacer who was born in Canterbury, New Zealand.