Ben Stokes criticised The Sun newspaper for publishing a front-page story on his personal life, that goes back to 1988. In its report. The Sun mentioned that Ben Stokes’ half-sister and half-brother were shot dead in Christchurch by his mothers’ ex-partner.
While the story is true, the news did not go down with the cricketer and the cricketing fraternity as all criticised the paper for publishing it as front-page news.
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) September 17, 2019
After Stokes’ tweet criticising the paper, Twitterati also did spare the company and asked for boycotting it. Soon, #boycottsun became one of the top trends. Here are some of the tweets criticising the newspaper
It's quite simple, really. pic.twitter.com/WJ5JmlIw6d
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) September 17, 2019
— Hazzer (@Hazzer33) September 17, 2019
— Ben Beazley (@BBeazley1) September 17, 2019
— Sean Fenn (@fenspur) September 17, 2019
— Fake Sir Geoff Boycott (@SirGeoffBoycott) September 17, 2019
Sign the Petition to have ‘The Sun’ newspaper shut down as it is endangering to mental health, innacurate and publishes fake news and violated privacy laws. https://t.co/g955GNO7ip
— Bertie Barrett (@Bertietb_66) September 17, 2019
Disgusting. Absolute rag of a paper . The whole nation should boycott this toilet paper
— neil danns (@dannzy1) September 17, 2019
Ben Stokes’ family had moved from New Zealand to England when he was 12. Stokes’ father played rugby for New Zealand but to England as a coach. Stokes, his father and mother continue to live in England.
The 28-year-old all-rounder has been the centre of attraction all throughout the summer. In the final of World Cup 2019, an overthrow that deflected off Ben Stokes’ bat saw England tie with New Zealand. In the super over, both the teams ended up having same scores and England were adjudged World Cup winners on boundary count.
His heroics in the final also saw him being nominated for New Zealand of the year award but he declined it, asking for people to vote for Kane Williamson.
If that wasn’t enough, Stokes’ heroics in the third Ashes Test added to his popularity. He famously scored 135* in the fourth innings, putting up 76 runs for the 10th wicket with Jack Leach when they were chasing 359.
Stokes ended up as second-highest run-scorer in Ashes with 441 runs. He also scalped eight wickets during the series.
After a long internatonal series, Stokes and other seniors will be given break by England as many of them are expected to be rested for the New Zealand T20Is. Though the regulars will be back for the Test series that starts on November 21.