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Stokes preparing for IPL despite likely shutdown

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he’s preparing to play within the Indian Premier League (IPL), though he is aware of the match is unlikely to go forward.

Stokes has signed to play for Rajasthan Royals and is one among 13 English gamers set to function within the IPL.

But the Twenty20 match has already been delayed till April 15 in response to the pandemic.

“At the moment my next competitive cricket is going to be in the IPL,” Stokes informed the BBC on Wednesday. “That hasn’t changed yet so I have to think I will be playing on April 20.”

Last week, England and Wales Cricket Board introduced that English county season wouldn’t begin till not less than the tip of May, whereas England’s tour of Sri Lanka was additionally postponed.

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 if 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 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.”

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