Due to the increasing threat of COVID-19, all the major sporting events in the country have been called off! And adding to the postponed list was IPL 2020 which was postponed till 15th April, but in order to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 India has entered into a three-week lockdown on 24th March 2020. Amidst all these chaos Ben Stokes is gearing up to play in IPL 2020 despite knowing the fact that the IPL league is unlikely to go ahead due to COVID-19
England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes said that he is getting ready to play in the IPL League despite knowing the fact that IPL may not be conducted this year. Stokes has signed the agreement with the Rajasthan Royals team and is among one of the 13 foreign players to be featured in the IPL 2020. The 20-20 tournament is already delayed until 15th April due to Coronavirus Pandemic and the 21 days nationwide lockdown has increased the chances of the tournament being canceled this year.
On Wednesday Ben Stokes told to media, “At this very moment my next important competitive cricket will be IPL. IPL hasn’t been called off yet so somewhere in my mind I think that I am going to play IPL on April 20”.
Recently last week, England and Wales Cricket announced that the English county season will not commence until the last week of May which included the postponement of England’s tour to Sri-lanka due to the rising spread of deadly Coronavirus. The BCCI along with other officials responsible for conducting IPL still hasn’t announced the cancellation of further postponement of the IPL 2020. Keeping this in mind Stokes said that he has to keep himself fit and in shape so that suddenly if he is asked to travel to India then he must be ready for it.
He quoted as saying, “I have to keep myself mentally and physically prepared for the IPL 2020. I have to keep myself prepared so that if suddenly IPL is conducted then I should be in a good position to travel to India. I cannot rest for three weeks and expect that my body gets ready for the IPL match on 20th April because it is not possible like that. A lot of people have given us much advice and if we get an option to go for IPL in India then we should accept sensible advice”.
Ben Stokes further said that the England team was shocked when their test match tour to Sri-Lanka was canceled. But we were very much aware that it was the right decision taken for the welfare of the people.
He quoted as saying, “When we got the news of Sri-Lanka tour called off there was a state of shock in the changing room for almost half an hour. It was such a weird because we were in Sri-Lanka for almost 10-12 days. We were trying to prepare for the first test match and suddenly we came to know that we are going back home. But when we think about the condition when the world is facing Coronavirus and what was being said to us during the tour, we can analyze that it was the wrong place to be at that tough time and we should not forget that health of players and everyone around is more important than anything else in the world”.
Let’s hope that the world combat coronavirus as soon as possible and Ben Stokes wish to play in IPL 2020 comes true!