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The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals may miss their opening matches of the upcoming season with veteran all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is currently in New Zealand with his ailing father Gade. Stokes, who was a member of the World Cup winning team, is considered the best all-rounder of all time. He returned to New Zealand in the middle of the Test series against Pakistan where his father and former international player are undergoing treatment for cancer.

“As per the segregation rules in New Zealand, Stokes remained alone for 14 days after arriving there,” a source in the franchise, who is aware of the matter, told PTI-Language on condition of confidentiality. Now he will meet his father and obviously he would like to spend some time with his family during this difficult time. ”Stokes was linked to the team by the Royals with a bid of Rs 12.5 crore.

“He has just completed Isolation (in New Zealand), so it is understandable that he will not be with the team for the initial matches of the IPL,” the source said. The franchisee will not even call him now as it is not his priority right now. Let them spend a good time with the family, the IPL may be discussed later. “The upcoming season of the IPL will be played in the UAE due to the Kovid-19 pandemic which will start from September 19. It is understood that the franchise will have 29 years. K will be waiting to confirm the availability of this player.

Significantly, the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) released the schedule of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on September 6 after a long wait and as per tradition, the defending champions Mumbai Indians finished last year’s runners-up Chennai in the first match on September 19 in Abu Dhabi. Will clash with superkings. The world’s largest T20 league is being held this year in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in three locations of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the increase in the number of cases of Kovid-19 in India. After the inaugural match of the tournament, the Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab will be face to face in Dubai on the next day, while on 21 September there will be a match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The first match in Sharjah will be played on 22 September between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.

According to the BCCI release, two matches will be played for a total of ten days. Of these, the first match would start at 3.30 pm Indian time, and the second match would start at 7.30 pm. Dubai will host a total of 24 matches. 20 matches will be played in Abu Dhabi and 12 in Sharjah. The IPL 2020 playoff venues will be announced later. The final will be held on 10 November. The tournament will run for a total of 53 days and thus become the longest running season in the history of IPL.


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