Stokes preparing for IPL despite likely coronavirus shutdown

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he’s making ready to play within the Indian Premier League (IPL), although he is aware of the event is unlikely to go forward.

Stokes has signed to play for the Rajasthan Royals and is one in every of 13 English gamers set to characteristic within the IPL.

However the Twenty20 event has already been delayed till April 15 in response to the pandemic and India entered a three-week lockdown in a bid to include the unfold on Wednesday.

“For the time being my subsequent aggressive cricket goes to be within the IPL,” Stokes advised the BBC on Wednesday.

“That hasn’t modified but so I’ve to assume I will likely be enjoying on April 20.”

Final week, the England and Wales Cricket Board introduced that the English county season wouldn’t begin till at the least the tip of Might, whereas England’s tour of Sri Lanka was additionally postponed as a result of virus.

With IPL chiefs but to name off or additional delay their occasion, Stokes has to proceed to maintain himself in form to play within the unlikely occasion he’s requested to journey to India.

“I’ve to get my head ‘spherical that I’m enjoying although at the back of my thoughts I do know I’m in all probability not,” he added.

“I’ve to construct up and get myself bodily able that if it does occur I’m good to go.

“I can’t take three weeks off and anticipate the physique to be prepared for April 20 as a result of it would not work like that. It’d occur and if it does I do not need to be behind.

“There will likely be a number of recommendation given to us and if it was an choice to go we should take the wise one.”

Stokes mentioned England’s gamers have been initially shocked when the two-Take a look at Sri Lanka tour was cancelled.

However the 28-year-old is properly conscious it was the best factor to do within the circumstances.

“Everybody was shell-shocked for half an hour within the altering room. It was such a bizarre feeling as a result of we had been there for 10-12 days. We have been constructing as much as the primary Take a look at after which we have been going house,” Stokes mentioned.

“However while you put every little thing collectively by way of the place the world was with the coronavirus, and what was being mentioned on tour, it was the fallacious place to be at the moment and everybody’s well being is extra vital than the rest on the earth.”

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