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Stokes Still Preparing For IPL Despite India Lockdown

Stokes Still Preparing For IPL Despite India Lockdown
London: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has mentioned that he’s getting ready for his return to aggressive cricket on the 13th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which has been suspended as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

IPL, which was supposed to start out from March 29, has been suspended until April 15 and with Indian authorities asserting a three-week lockdown, the probabilities of league getting underway subsequent month look grim.

“At the moment my next competitive cricket is going to be in the IPL,” Stokes informed BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I’ve to get my head spherical that I’m enjoying though at the back of my thoughts I do know I’m most likely not. I’ve to construct up and get myself bodily able that if it does occur, I’m good to go.

“I cannot take three weeks off and expect the body to be ready for 20 April because it doesn’t work like that. It might happen and if it does, I don’t want to be behind,” he added.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) believes that it may well nonetheless pull off the IPL if issues come below management by April finish and the primary recreation is performed by the primary week of May.

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official mentioned that whereas it’s presently very tough to foretell the destiny of the IPL, the board can nonetheless conduct the league taking a cue from the sample that was adopted when the event was taken out to South Africa. But for that, the primary match should be performed by the primary week of May.

“The latest we can wait is till the end of April. If the first game isn’t played by the first week of May then it will be almost impossible to have the league this year. Even if we have to wait till end of April to follow all the procedures, we can take a cue from the South Africa edition and conduct the league successfully. If you remember, that was the shortest IPL with 59 games played over 37 days and we can do the same. But certain measures will have to be taken,” the official mentioned.

The Sports Ministry has made it clear that the destiny of the 13th version of the IPL may be determined solely after the federal government comes out with a recent advisory after April 15, holding in thoughts the scenario almost about the coronavirus outbreak.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has mentioned that whereas it’s the BCCI which decides on cricketing issues, the pandemic is one thing which has a direct impact on the loves of the residents of the nation.

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