England’s remarkable player Ben Stokes has withdrawn from the ongoing Test Series against Pakistan due to some family reasons, the ECB announced on Sunday.
The No 1 all-rounder has played the First test Match against Pakistan in Manchester & will be flying to Christchurch in New-Zealand to meet his parents Ged & Deb live later this week. Ben Stokes father Ged a former rugby league international player – was hospitalized during England’s Boxing Day Test played against South Africa in last December last year.
“England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the remainder of the #raisethebat Test series against Pakistan for family reasons,” an official ECB statement said.
“Stokes will leave the UK later this week and travel to New Zealand. He will miss England’s two Test matches against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl starting on Thursday 13 August and Friday 21 August.
“The England and Wales Cricket Board, along with the Stokes family, requests that all media respects the family’s privacy at this time”, added ECB’s statement. Ben Stokes who is born in New Zealand has been featured in all four England’s Test matches during this summer season. He captained England’s squad in the first three Test matches against West Indies in the absence of Captain Joe Root & due to his spectacular performance in the second Test match in Manchester he won the ‘Player-of-the-Match’ award. During the second Test match he hit 176 runs & 78 & also picked up three wickets which helped him to hail England towards