Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing Test series against Pakistan due to family reasons, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Sunday.
"Stokes will leave the UK later this week and travel to New Zealand," the ECB statement read. "He will miss England's two Test matches against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl [starting] on Thursday 13 August and Friday 21 August."
The board has requested the media to respect the privacy of Stokes' family at this time as he heads out of the country to attend the emergency.
Stokes' father Ged was admitted to hospital late last year when the star all-rounder was engaged in his side's Test series in South Africa.
Ged Stokes, a former New Zealand rugby league international, underwent three operations to treat his ailment and spent five weeks in the hospital before being discharged with his condition declared stable.
Amidst the backdrop of his ill father in the hospital, Stokes delivered standout performances for his team and was adjudged player of the series during England's 3-1 win over South Africa.
Stokes did not make a huge impact in England's Test win against Pakistan in the series opener at Old Trafford as he was dismissed cheaply in both innings. Nevertheless, he managed to find a couple of breakthroughs with the ball during his brief spell on day three that swung the match in England's favour.
The 29-year-old is ranked No. 1 among Test all-rounders as he managed to climb to the top following his stellar show in the preceding West Indies Test series.
He endured a quad injury in the second game versus the Caribbean side that prompted the management to deploy him as a specialist batsman in the subsequent encounter.
Stokes' absence for the forthcoming Tests will likely push the selectors to reintroduce Zak Crawley in the line-up in a bid to strengthen their batting.
England will be pursuing their first series win over Pakistan in 10 years as they head to Southampton's Ageas Bowl for the final two matches.