Cricket: Ben Stokes will MISS the Indian Premier League season after a broken finger

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Ben Stokes banned from the Indian Premier League after sustaining a broken finger for Rajasthan Royals … but the England star should be fit to face New Zealand in series of two tests in early June.

  • Ben Stokes broke his finger on Monday while playing for Rajasthan Royals in IPL
  • The English star no longer came after diving to catch Chris Gayle
  • Stokes should be ready to face New Zealand in June after recovering from the problem

Ben Stokes injured England at the start of the season on Tuesday when it was confirmed that he suffered a broken finger that will exclude him from the Indian Premier League.

Stokes was injured in the first Rajasthan Royals game of this year’s IPL on Monday, when he dove forward to take a tumbling catch of Chris Gayle from Punjab.

The England vice-captain grimaced as he celebrated and stopped bowling for the rest of the Punjab innings before being dealt with on his left forefinger at half time.

Ben Stokes has been banned from the Indian Premier League after suffering a broken finger while playing for Rajasthan Royals

He was able to open the Royals innings and was out for a three-ball duck in their narrow defeat, but the injury was enough for Stokes to get an X-ray that, Royals said in a statement, confirmed the break.

Stokes, who has suffered from finger and hand injuries in the past, will stay in India for about a week to “support” the Royals, but will then return home for treatment.

And conversely, the blow could even improve his hopes of playing for England in the two-Test series against New Zealand starting at Lord’s on June 2.

The English star should be ready to play against New Zealand in June, with six weeks to recover

The English star should be ready to play against New Zealand in June, with six weeks to recover

Stokes, who has suffered from hand injuries in the past, will stay in India for a week to support the Royals

Stokes, who has suffered from hand injuries in the past, will stay in India for a week to support the Royals

England had allowed their IPL players to stay for the entire two-month tournament, meaning those who make it to the playoffs won’t be back in time to meet the Kiwis.

But Stokes now has about six weeks to recover and face his native country in a series staged after England decided to let their stars stay in India.

“Everyone at Rajasthan wishes Ben a speedy recovery,” the Royals statement said. ‘We are delighted that he would like to stay with our group to provide his valued support and input outside the field. We are looking at possible replacements for the rest of the season. ‘

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