Ben Stokes lost his father Ged, who died right here on Tuesday after a year-long battle with brain cancer. He was 65.
Stokes is at the moment with the England group in South Africa for the limited-over collection. He had performed all three T20Is and was rested for ODIs, which was cancelled on Monday after a number of circumstances of COVID-19 had been detected within the bio-bubble.
Ged, a former rugby participant and coach, had been affected by mind most cancers for a while and Stokes was there in Christchurch for greater than a month taking good care of his ailing father.
“All our ideas are with Ben Stokes and his household following the passing of his father, Ged,” ECB tweeted from its official deal with.
All our ideas are with Ben Stokes and his household following the passing of his father, Ged. 💔 pic.twitter.com/r1KYPQFuxD
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 8, 2020
RIP Ged Stokes. One of many biggest characters in our particular cricket household.
We’re with you Ben. Power to you and your loved ones 💗🙏 pic.twitter.com/jA2EA0DVIk
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) December 8, 2020
Stokes’ well-known “bent centre finger” gesture in the course of the 2019 South Africa collection was a tribute to his father’s amputated finger. Ged needed to take away part of his finger with a purpose to proceed to enjoy.
It was Stokes’ approach of paying tribute to his father for the sacrifices he had made to see him develop as a cricketer.