Ben Stokes’ father dies after battle with brain cancer – UKMALAYALEE

Ben Stokes’ father dies after battle with brain cancer

Tuesday 8 December 2020 10:56 PM UTC

DURBAN Dec 8: Ged Stokes, father of England all-rounder Ben Stokes, has died after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Ged’s former rugby team Workington Town posted a statement on Twitter in which the club expressed grief over Ged’s death.

“It is with great sadness that we learn that our former player and coach Ged Stokes has passed away. Ged is written into the rich fabric of Town history and will be greatly missed,” the club said. Fans have also taken to social media to pass on their condolences to Stokes.

“Our thoughts are with Deb, Ben and James. Ged still has many, many friends here in West Cumbria and we send our thoughts to them too. RIP Marra,” it added.

Ben Stokes is currently in South Africa with the England squad. England white-washed South Africa in the three-match T20I series. However, on Monday, Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) agreed to postpone the remaining matches in the One-Day International (ODI) series with an eye on the coronavirus cases that were reported over the last few days.

ECB on Tuesday announced that the team will depart from Cape Town on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday mourned the death of Ben Stokes’ father Ged Stokes. Stokes plays for Rajasthan Royals and is an integral part of the IPL franchise. “RIP Ged Stokes. One of the greatest characters in our special cricket family. We’re with you Ben. Strength to you and your family,” Rajasthan Royals wrote on Twitter. Former Indian opening batsman Wasim Jaffer also condoled the demise of the former rugby player.

“Stay strong @benstokes38 the cricket family is with you,” Jaffer tweeted.

The news of Ged’s death was announced by his former rugby league club, Workington Town, for whom he featured in 1982-83, before coaching the same club in 2003, when the family, including 12-year-old Stokes, emigrated from New Zealand to Cumbria.

“It is with great sadness that we learn that our former player and coach Ged Stokes has passed away. Ged is written into the rich fabric of Town history and will be greatly missed,” the club said.

“Our thoughts are with Deb, Ben and James. Ged still has many, many friends here in West Cumbria and we send our thoughts to them too. RIP Marra,” it added.

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