Ben Stokes – who is recently in New Zealand has started training – is likely to join Rajasthan Royals for the Indian Premier League in UAE. Stokes – who is among the most expensive players of the league – is currently with his father, Gerard, in Christchurch. Stokes – who was playing for England against Pakistan – pulled out of the series against Australia when he was informed about his father suffering from brain cancer. Also Read - IPL 2020 Updated Points Table After Match 38 Between KXIP vs DC, Dubai: Punjab Jump to No 5; Shikhar Dhawan Zooms to No 2 With Historic Century in Orange Cap Race, Kagiso Rabada Retains Purple Cap
After a mandatory 14-day isolation period in the first week of September, Stokes reached Christchurch and reports claimed that he would miss the entire IPL season, which would have been a massive setback for the Rajasthan Royals. Also Read - IPL 2020 Highlights, KXIP vs DC, Match 38, Dubai: Pooran's 28-Ball 53 Overshadows Dhawan's Historic Ton as Punjab Beat Delhi by Five Wickets
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Stokes getting back for the Royals will serve as a major boost for the Steve Smith-led franchise.
Speaking to PTI a couple of weeks back, an official had said that the franchise knows Stokes’ priorities and will hold talks at the right time.
“It is only logical that if he has just completed his quarantine, he would not be available for the first part of the IPL and that is completely understandable. The franchise will not even call Ben as this is not a priority at the moment. Let him spend quality family time and any discussions on his availability can happen only after that,” Stokes had said.
After landing in UAE, he will have to self-isolate him for six days after which he has to clear three COVID tests before being available for the franchise.