England cricketer Ben Stokes’ father Ged has been taken to a Johannesburg clinic in a “critical condition”.
The all-rounder – and latest BBC Sports activities Persona of the 12 months – and his household are at his bedside.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) claimed in a assertion the former rugby league player was admitted with a “major disease” on Monday.
Ben Stokes will miss out on instruction with his staff-mates on Christmas Eve in advance of England’s First Take a look at in opposition to South Africa which starts off on Boxing Day.
It is not yet recognised no matter whether the hero of England’s Globe Cup and Ashes summer time will be ready to engage in in the match.
The ECB explained: “Ben Stokes’s father, Ged, was admitted to medical center on Monday in Johannesburg right after struggling a really serious health issues. He stays in a crucial problem.
“The England and Wales Cricket Board, with the aid of Ben and his household, request that the media and public respect Ben and his family’s privacy at this time.”
Stokes senior, 64, moved to England from New Zealand to perform rugby league for Workington City. He performed in 1 Test for New Zealand in 1982 and later went on to coach the countrywide aspect.
Ben Stokes started exhibiting his cricketing talents though developing up in Cumbria.
Ged, whose whole title is Gerard, now lives exterior Christchurch in New Zealand with Stokes’ mom Deb.