England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he’s getting 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 Rajasthan Royals and is one among 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.
“In the mean time my subsequent aggressive cricket goes to be within the IPL,” Stokes instructed the BBC on Wednesday. “That hasn’t modified but so I’ve to suppose I might be enjoying on April 20.”
Final week, the England and Wales Cricket Board introduced that the English county season wouldn’t begin till a minimum of the top of Could, whereas England’s tour of Sri Lanka was additionally postponed because of the 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 behind 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 not 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 might be a variety of recommendation given to us and if it was an choice to go we must take the smart one.”
Stokes stated England’s gamers had been initially shocked when the two-Check Sri Lanka tour was cancelled. However the 28-year-old is nicely conscious it was the proper 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 had been constructing as much as the primary Check after which we had been going residence,” Stokes stated.
“However while you put all the things collectively by way of the place the world was with the coronavirus, and what was being stated on tour, it was the flawed place to be at the moment and everybody’s well being is extra vital than the rest on the earth.”