As per the latest reports, RR allrounder Ben Stokes might miss the rescheduled IPL 2021. He suffered an injury during the very first game featuring Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings on April 12th, where Stokes dived to complete a catch on the long-on to dismiss universal bose Chris gayle.
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During that incident, Stokes broke his finger, and immediately after that incident was moved off the field and was later taken for scans. It was confirmed post the game that he will have to move outside India for surgery.
Stokes left the bio bubble of Rajasthan Royals for his surgery and thankfully the procedure went off well.
There were initial rumors that if IPL 2021 will be played in September, Ben Stokes would join the RR Camp, but the current situation seems different.
Stokes is not confident that he would be joining the RR camp later this year because of England’s busy international cricketing calendar.
In a recent interview, Ben Stokes himself addressed this issue and said – “We don’t know if or when the tournament (IPL 2021) will be rearranged but as the ECB have said it could be difficult for the England boys to have a free gap.”
It is expected that Stokes would be making a comeback in 8-9 weeks, post recovering completely from injury and regaining his fitness levels.
Even the director of England Cricket Board Ashley Giles stated, ” We don’t know if IPL 2021 will be re-arranged, but as the ECB said – it is impossible for England players to have a free gap in between their busy International Calendar”. I believe that you got an answer for ‘Is Ben Stokes, playing IPL 2021?’ from this Article.