England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he’s making ready to play within the Indian Premier League, though he is aware of the event is unlikely to go forward. Stokes has signed to play for Rajasthan Royals and is certainly one of 13 English gamers set to characteristic within the IPL. But 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 comprise the unfold on Wednesday. “At the moment my next competitive cricket is going to be in the IPL,” Stokes instructed the BBC on Wednesday.
“That hasn’t changed yet so I have to think I will be playing on April 20.”
Last week, the England and Wales Cricket Board introduced that the English county season wouldn’t begin till at the least the tip of May, 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 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 added.
“I’ve to construct up and get myself bodily able that if it does occur I’m good to go.
“I can not take three weeks off and anticipate the physique to be prepared for April 20 as a result of it does not work like that. It may occur and if it does I do not need 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.”
Stokes stated England’s gamers have been initially shocked when the two-Test Sri Lanka tour was cancelled.
But the 28-year-old is nicely conscious it was the correct factor to do within the circumstances.
“Everyone was shell-shocked for half an hour in the changing room. It was such a weird feeling because we had been there for 10-12 days. We were building up to the first Test and then we were going home,” Stokes stated.
“But when you put everything together in terms of where the world was with the coronavirus, and what was being said on tour, it was the wrong place to be at that time and everyone’s health is more important than anything else in the world.”