IPL 2021: Will Ben Stokes be available for Rajasthan Royals upon tournament resumption?
Ben Stokes is an English all-rounder who has been playing for Rajasthan Royals since 2018. He managed to play just a game in the 2021 Indian Premier League, having suffered a broken finger. But will he be available once IPL 2021 resumes after the forced postponement?
The Indian Premier League 2021 stands postponed while there is no sound clarity on when the tournament would actually resume. Rajasthan Royals was one of the teams that fairly impressed this season despite not having many big stars in the sides, besides missing out on a few overseas English players due to injury.
English all-rounder Ben Stokes was one of the players to be on the receiving end as he could manage to play just a game before suffering a broken finger, ruling him out of the entire tournament. However, with the competition now being postponed, fans are wondering if Stokes would be available for RR when it all resumes.
However, writing for a column in Mirror, Stokes has hinted that he might not feature for RR upon tournament resumption owing to England and Wales Cricket Board's stance that it could be challenging to find an open window for the English players. "We don't know if or when the tournament will be rearranged, but as the ECB have said it could be difficult for the England boys to have a free gap. After this year, though, I do look forward to playing a full part again at some point in the future," he wrote.
Updating on his injury, Stokes said that he expects to get back to training as soon as he is cleared of his present injury. However, he has stated that it could still take around nine more weeks to heal entirely.
"I can't put a date on when I'll be back playing again, but as long as things progress as well as they have, then I should hope it will be well before the three months that was first feared and more like seven, eight, or nine weeks. You can never know for sure how long these things will take because it is not just about the technical side of healing and getting the bone strong, there is the big issue of having confidence in it to play professional sport," he reckoned.
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