England superstar Ben Stokes has paid a touching tribute to his father Ged, who passed away on Tuesday after a prolonged battle with brain cancer. Ged Stokes was 65. Ben Stokes took to his official social media profile to write an emotional message for his late father.
Ged played Rugby League for New Zealand as well as playing and coaching for Workington Town. He was diagnosed with the illness in January when he was in South Africa to cheer for his son during England’s tour of the African country. Stokes senior was admitted to hospital in Johannesburg ahead of England’s Boxing Day Test against the Proteas.
At that time, it was said that Ged had suffered a brain bleed which required surgery. The cancer was diagnosed when he returned to New Zealand. Ben Stokes had later traveled to New Zealand midway through the Test series against Pakistan in August to be with his father and family.
Ben Stokes finally returned to cricket action in October when he joined Rajasthan Royals for this year’s Indian Premier League. At present, he is in South Africa with the England team. England and South Africa recently played three T20Is before the three-match ODI series was called off following a COVID-19 outbreak within the bio-secure bubble.
Ben Stokes’ message for father:
Ben Stokes, on Wednesday, took to Instagram to post an emotional message for his father. The allrounder has often cited the influence of his father’s rugby-playing career in his own achievements on the cricket field. He posted a couple of pictures with his message, writing:
“In different places now me and you Ged but knowing you’ll always have this smile on your face make’s me smile every time I think of you. Love you forever and always.”