Ben Stokes suspected of playing for Rajasthan Royals in IPL due to ailing father
Dubai. Rajasthan Royals head coach Andrew Macdonald has said that the franchise is ‘not sure’ about the availability of all-rounder Ben Stokes in the Indian Premier League (IPL), who is with his ailing father in New Zealand. .
Stokes, who was the hero of England’s World Cup title win last year, is going through a tough phase. He withdrew from the team in August before the second Test of the series against Pakistan after his father was diagnosed with brain cancer.
MacDonald told ESPNcricinfo, “First and foremost, our condolences are with the family of Stokes.” This is a difficult situation, so we are giving them as much time as they need. ‘He said,’ What is the situation of Stokes right now, we do not know but once things are clear we will be able to take a decision. We can’t predict what will happen to them right now. ‘
MacDonald did not seem too worried when asked about team captain Steve Smith not playing in the first two matches of the Australia-England ODI series. He said, ‘I think his thinking is clear. They need a little time. If there was a very short time between the first and second ODI after concussion (head injury), it should have been done with caution. He is expected to appear on the field on Wednesday (third ODI). ‘
McDonald, who was appointed as the head coach of the team last year, is expecting better results from the team due to young players in his first IPL. He said, “We have strengthened our left-handed batting. Especially as domestic players like Anuj Rawat and Yashasvi) Jaiswal, we have got some good options. Veteran David Miller possesses superb finishing skills. ‘