Stokes wants break after his father was diagnosed with cancer
English all rounder Ben Stokes has admitted that he needed a mental break from all forms of cricket as his ailing father was diagnosed with lethal brain cancer. He also revealed that it wasn’t real version of his cricketing mind during the home series against Pakistan after he came to know his father Ged is suffering from brain cancer.
Stokes is currently staying in New Zealand. He rushed to the country amid the Pakistan series after playing the first test against Pakistan. Although the ECB asserted family reason for his departure. Later it was known that stokes father is seriously ill for couple of days and he has to leave for that reason. Stokes father has now told the New Zealand Herald that he was diagnosed with brain cancer in January.
“I didn’t sleep for a week and my head wasn’t really in it, Leaving (the team) was the right choice from a mental point of view.” England vice-captain Stokes told the Weekend Herald about his last Test appearance.
Stokes father who is formerly a New Zealand rugby league player, was admitted to hospital in Johannesburg during the England’s Boxing Day Test with South Africa. At the time that he suffered a brain bleed which required surgery. After it was confirmed about cancer diagnosis, Stokes had to return to New Zealand.
“He was tough (on me). But as I got older, I realised it was all for a reason. He knew I wanted to be a professional sportsman and he was drilling that into me as I started to make a career in cricket.”
“His reputation sort of speaks for itself. You speak to anyone who knows him, played with him or worked with him, they’d all say the same thing. Most people acquire a softer side with age and sometimes with dad that has been quite weird to see.”
“What he’s going through has brought that side out as well – we all knew he had it, he just didn’t show it that often.”