Due to the spread of corona virus the scheduled sports event has been cancelled globally. The cash rich Indian Premier League also face the same fate and postponed to last of April. BCCI took this decision after consulting with IPL owners and in keen to host the tournament. BCCI is in verge of losing a huge amount if IPL went down. Despite no clarity on the start date of IPL 2020, England and Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes has started preparing for the cash-rich league.
Stokes preparation for IPL
“At the moment my next competitive cricket is going to be the IPL, because that hasn’t changed yet. So I have to think that I’m going to be playing cricket on April 20.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes who plays for Rajasthan Royals is at home amid coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, he said that he wants to be ready for the 13th edition of IPL. But his words were not taken in a favourable manner and a ‘fact researcher’ criticized the cricketer for his comment.
“England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he is still preparing for a return to competitive cricket in the Indian Premier League next month. Get a grip; 1.3 billion are in lockdown. forget the money & limelight, think for everyone,” the user wrote.
England all-rounder @benstokes38 says he is still preparing for a return to competitive cricket in the Indian Premier League next month. Get a grip; 1.3 billion are in lockdown. forget the money & limelight, think for everyone. #coronavirus
— Mike Wass (@MikeWass2) March 25, 2020
Ben Stokes hits back at him
The all-rounder took only 4 words to shut his critic. In reply, he attached an image of his full statement with a caption, “Read articles not headlines”.
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) March 25, 2020
Here is what Ben Stokes said in his interview
At the moment my next competitive cricket is going to be in the IPL,” Stokes told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“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. 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 20 April because it doesn’t work like that. It might happen and if it does, I don’t want to be behind,” he further added.