Ben Stokes continues IPL preparations despite cancellation threat
By: PTI | London |

Updated: March 26, 2020 12:59:25 pm


Ben Stokes performs for Rajasthan Royals since 2018. (Source: IPL)

Ben Stokes continues to coach for the 13th IPL regardless that he’s conscious that the T20 league might turn into one more sporting occasion to be cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The league was initially scheduled to begin on March 29 in Mumbai but it surely was postponed to April 15 to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus, which has claimed greater than 19,000 lives throughout the globe.

“At the moment my next competitive cricket is going to be in the IPL,” Stokes, who was purchased by Rajasthan Royals within the 2018 IPL public sale for Rs 12.5 crore, advised the BBC.

“That hasn’t changed yet so I have to think I will be playing on April 20.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had mentioned final week that the county season wouldn’t begin till a minimum of the top of May, whereas England’s tour of Sri Lanka was additionally postponed as a result of dreaded illness.

The variety of optimistic instances in India has surpassed the 600-mark, whereas 11 deaths have been reported to this point, prompting the federal government to place the nation below lockdown until April 14 to halt the unfold of the virus.

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Given the present circumstances, a cancellation of this 12 months’s IPL appears inevitable.

However, Stokes mentioned he must hold engaged on his health to be prepared if and when the IPL occurs.

“I have to get my head round that I am playing even though in the back of my mind I know I am probably not,” he mentioned.

“I have to build up and get myself physically in a position that if it does happen I am good to go. I cannot take three weeks off and expect the body to be ready for April 20 because it doesn’t work like that. It might happen and if it does I don’t want to be behind.”

“There will be a lot of advice given to us and if it was an option to go we will have to take the sensible one,” he added.

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BUTTLER HOPING FOR SHORTENED IPL

Jos Buttler in motion. (Source: IPL)

Jos Buttler is hoping for a minimum of a curtailed IPL this season, conscious that it could be troublesome to conduct the “massive tournament” within the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

“No news at the moment. We saw, initially, that it was going to be postponed. It’s very hard to see this changing in the immediate future, so I don’t see that as a possibility at the moment,” Buttler mentioned in a SkySports podcast.

“Obviously, it’s such a massive tournament for world cricket, so hopefully some of it can go ahead — perhaps a shortened tournament.”

UK too has put its inhabitants below a lockdown and Buttler mentioned the break has given him a chance to spend time together with his daughter and he tries to do some train to maintain himself match.

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“Obviously, very strange circumstances, but it’s actually quite nice to spend some time at home, be with our little girl and actually just be a dad for a bit. I’ve also been doing some Pilates with my missus, in my cricket gear,” he mentioned.

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