“It Might Happen” – Says Ben Stokes on IPL 2020 Taking Place

Published 03/27/2020, 5:13 AM EDT


England all-rounder Ben Stokes recently confirmed his availability for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. 

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The tournament was scheduled to start on March 29,2020. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak, BCCI has postponed the IPL 2020 till April 15, 2020. India is currently in a state of lockdown for 21 days, with the last date being April 14. But owing to the present scenario, the chances of BCCI conducting the IPL this year looks grim. 

While talking to a leading portal, Ben Stokes talked about his presence in IPL 2020. He was bought by Rajasthan Royals in IPL auction 2018 for a whopping amount of Rs. 12.5 crores. 

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Stokes admitted, “At the moment my next competitive cricket is going to be the IPL” 

As BCCI hasn’t made any official statement regarding the future of the tournament, Stokes is preparing himself to play the IPL this year. 

He added, “That hasn’t changed yet so I have to think I will be playing on April 20. I have to get my head around 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.”

Moreover, “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.”

He further said, “There will be a lot of advice given to us and if it was an option to go we will have to take the sensible one.” 

Ben Stokes gives a fitting reply to a troller

After the statement of Ben Stokes came out regarding the IPL 2020, a twitter user trolled the cricketer for thinking about money and limelight.

Ben Stokes had asserted that he needs to believe that the tournament is happening to keep his body fit physically and mentally. 

This didn’t go well with a fan and he lashed out at Stokes for thinking about only money amidst coronavirus scare. 

The user tweeted, “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.” 

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However, Stokes chose to reply to the fan and clear out his misunderstandings. He advised the person to read the full article and not just the headline.

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Sakshi Jain

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