Stokes ruled out of IPL with broken finger, say Royals

New Delhi (AFP) –


England's Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League with a broken finger sustained in Rajasthan Royals' opening match, the team said Tuesday.

The all-rounder injured his finger while fielding against Punjab Kings in Mumbai on Monday. He eventually opened the innings but was out for a third-ball duck in his team's failed run chase.

"Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes injured a finger on his left hand while fielding during the team's match against Punjab Kings on 12 April 2021 in Mumbai," the Royals said in a statement.

"Subsequent investigations revealed that he sustained a broken finger, which will unfortunately rule him out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2021 season."

Stokes injured his finger while taking a catch to dismiss Punjab batsman Chris Gayle and left the field to get treatment.

He bowled just one over before the blow to his finger, giving away 12 runs.

Stokes returned to bat and was caught and bowled by pace bowler Mohammed Shami for nought.

"Everyone at Rajasthan Royals absolutely admires Ben for being such a huge asset and a valuable member of the Royals family, both on and off the field, and wishes him a speedy recovery," the team said.

"We are delighted that Ben would like to stay with the group to provide his valued support and inputs off the field. In the meantime, we will be reviewing potential replacement options for the remainder of the season."

Rajasthan, led by India's Sanju Samson, will next play Delhi Capitals in Mumbai on Thursday.

An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman said: "We are aware (of Stokes' injury) and he will be assessed over the coming days on the extent of the seriousness of the injury. At that point we will confirm the next steps.

"In addition, ECB medical and our UK hand specialist consultant are both involved."