Rajasthan Royals (RR) are likely to miss the professional services of England’s supreme all-rounder, Ben Stokes. He was already expected to miss out on a few matches amidst his father’s health. As of now, Andrew McDonald, the head coach of the Pink Army, has said that the management will not be disturbing him and he can have as much time as he requires.
Stokes, who left for New Zealand in the mid of the Pakistan vs England test series, is currently with his family as his dad was diagnosed with brain cancer.
It can be a direct hit to RR especially in the middle-overs as the rest of the players, other than Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, and Jos Buttler, are less experienced. However, the franchise can try Tom Curran or David Miller in his place.
Rajasthan Royals unsure of Ben Stokes’ availability for IPL 2020
“First and foremost, thoughts with the Stokes family. It’s a difficult scenario, so we are giving him as much time as he needs, and connecting with him as best as we can. So yeah, we are not sure where Stokesy’s right now, but once it has played out, then we can make our decisions from there,” McDonald told ESPNCricinfo.
Here is the complete squad of Rajasthan Royals:
|Riyan Parag (R)||Batsman||20 Lakhs|
|Shashank Singh (R)||Batsman||30 Lakhs|
|Steve Smith (R)||Batsman||12.50 Crore|
|Robin Uthappa||Batsman||3 Crore|
|David Miller||Batsman||75 Lakhs|
|Manan Vohra (R)||Batsman||20 Lakhs|
|Jos Butler (R)||Wicket Keeper||4.40 Crore|
|Sanju Samson (R)||Wicket Keeper||8 Crore|
|Anuj Rawat||Wicket Keeper||80 Lakhs|
|Ben Stokes (R)||All-Rounder||12.50 Crore|
|Mahipal Lomror (R)||All-Rounder||20 Lakhs|
|Shreyas Gopal (R)||All-Rounder||20 Lakhs|
|Yashasvi Jaiswal||All-Rounder||2.40 Crore|
|Tom Curran||All-Rounder||1 Crore|
|Ankit Rajpoot (R)||Bowler||3 Crore|
|Jofra Archer (R)||Bowler||7.20 Crore|
|Mayank Markande (R)||Bowler||2 Crore|
|Rahul Tewatia (R)||Bowler||3 Crore|
|Varun Aaron (R)||Bowler||2.40 Crore|
|Jaydev Unadkat||Bowler||3 Crore|
|Kartik Tyagi||Bowler||1.30 Crore|
|Andrew Tye||Bowler||1 Crore|
|Oshane Thomas||Bowler||50 Lakhs|
|Anirudha Ashok Joshi||All-Rounder||20 Lakhs|
|Akash Singh||Bowler||20 Lakhs|