Ben Stokes will miss the remainder of the ongoing Test series against Pakistan due to family reasons, as per the announcement by ECB on Sunday (August 9). England’s star all-rounder Stokes will miss the remainder of Test series as per the country’s cricket board’s announcement.
England and Wales Cricket Board, however, did not divulge exact reasons for his pullout but confirmed that he will miss both the remaining two Tests at Ageas Bowl, Southampton starting on August 13, Thursday and August 21, Friday.
Ben Stokes To Miss The Last Two Tests Against Pakistan:
“Stokes will leave the UK later this week and travel to New Zealand.
“He will miss England’s two Test matches against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl starting on Thursday 13 August and Friday 21 August,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement.
The New Zealander born Ben Stokes will fly later in this week to Christchurch where his parents Ged and Deb live. His father, also a former rugby league international, was hospitalized ahead of England’s Boxing Day Test versus South Africa in December last year and since then he had been recuperating at home in New Zealand.
“The England and Wales Cricket Board, along with the Stokes family, requests that all media respects the family’s privacy at this time,” the ECB added in its statement.
The 29-year-old Christchurch born Ben Stokes plays a pivotal role in the squad playing several match-winning performances for England apart from his heroics in 2019 World Cup final and the famous test hundred against Australia at Headingley.
Ben Stokes Important For England’s Prospects And Will Be Missed Badly
Ben Stokes could not shine with the bat at Old Trafford but played his part with the ball in the second innings of Pakistan surprising his teammates. It is to be noted that he aggravated an injury picked up during the preceding test series against the West Indies.
Stokes, who played all four tests in summer, also captained the team for the first time in Joe Root’s absence in the opening test against the West Indies. He scored a century and fifty in the two innings and also took 11 wickets overall in that test.
England won the opening test coming from behind and are leading 1-0 in the three-match series played in a bio-secure environment following the Coronavirus pandemic.
In the Indian Premier League, Stokes played the last three seasons and played for Rising Pune Supergiants, now defunct and Rajasthan Royals.