Ben Stokes still preparing for Indian Premier League despite lockdown


Ben Stokes used to be named BBC Sports Persona of the Year in December

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he’s silent preparing for a return to competitive cricket in the Indian Premier League subsequent month.

India used to be establish correct into a 3-week “total lockdown” on Tuesday thanks to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

The originate up of the IPL season has been delayed till 15 April at the earliest but it has no longer been cancelled.

“At the 2nd my subsequent competitive cricket goes to be in the IPL,” Stokes advised BBC Radio 5 Dwell.

“I must safe my head spherical that I’m playing even supposing at the assist of my thoughts I do know I’m potentially no longer. I must get and safe myself bodily in a residing that if it does happen I’m factual to head.

“I will no longer seize three weeks off and expect the physique to be ready for 20 April as a result of it would no longer work cherish that. It might well possibly truly perchance possibly possibly happen and if it does I safe no longer private to be at the assist of.”

Stokes, 28, is certainly one of 13 English players as a result of function in the profitable tournament, which used to be as a result of originate up on 29 March.

Final week, the England and Wales Cricket Board launched that thecounty season wouldn’t originate up till as a minimal the stop of Might perchance perchance.

Stokes is spending a sustained duration at house after England’s iciness tour of Sri Lanka used to be known as off a two weeks ago.

The 2-Test series had been as a result of originate up in Galle on 19 March, butused to be cancelledfollowing the outbreak of coronavirus.

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