IPL 2020: Ben Stokes, professional England’s all-rounder, is currently in Dubai and will soon be joining his franchise, Rajasthan Royals (RR) within days.
Stokes, who left Pakistan vs England test series in midways, was in New Zealand as his father was diagnosed with brain cancer. The management is humble to him as Andrew McDonald, the head coach of the franchise had revealed that Stokes can have as the time he requires to be with his family.
However, the time must have been tough on him at Christchurch as he has stated that it was really tough to say goodbye to his mom and dad. The family supported each other but cricket must be bread n butter for his family.
He still does not know that what his mother wanted, but as a responsible husband and father, he has flown to UAE and will be playing for the Royals soon.
Ben Stokes: It was hard to say goodbye to my family at Christchurch
“Saying goodbye to my dad, my mum and my brother in Christchurch was tough. It has been a difficult time for us as a family, but we’ve pulled together and supported each other as best we can,” Stokes was quoted as saying in Mirror.
“When I got out of quarantine in Auckland, the first week was all about seeing dad and catching up with family, but things were up in the air and there was no plan about how things would pan out.
“I didn’t know what dad wanted; I didn’t know what mum wanted so to start that conversation off was the hardest thing of all,” he stated.
“And then mum made it simple, she said: ‘The time you are spending here now with your dad is so much more important than the time you will spend when the worst happens’.”
“My dad was also 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,” he added.