Ben Stokes' father, Ged, passes away at 65

Mayank Kumar

Mayank Kumar

Author| Dec 9, 5:08 AM

Image: Twitter
Image: Twitter


Father of Ben Stokes, Ged Stokes has died after a long battle with brain cancer, aged 65. Ged was an international player for the New Zealand rugby league and the news of his death was made public by Stokes' former rugby league club, Workington Town, for whom he played one season in 1982-83. Later on, Ged returned to coach in 2003 when the family along with a 12-year-old Ben Stokes emigrated from New Zealand.

"It is with great sadness that we learn 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. 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," the Workington Town club wrote on Twitter.

It was his father's illness that forced Ben Stokes to be absent from the early part of the Indian Premier League held earlier this year. He arrived very late in the tournament for the Rajasthan Royals. He had come to the UAE straight from New Zealand and had also posted a picture of him with his ad before leaving for the IPL.

Ged’s cancer was reported almost 12 months back when Ben Stokes was with England’s squad on the tour of South Africa last year and the ECB had granted him indefinite leave to spend time with family in August this year and the all-rounder went to New Zealand.





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