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Ben Stokes preparing as though IPL will go ahead as planned next month

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India is currently on lockdown.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he is gearing up for a return to the competitive arena in just three weeks with the Indian Premier League still scheduled to go ahead.

Stokes is one of 13 English players due to feature in the lucrative tournament which has been deferred to April 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, India entered a three-week lockdown, but IPL chiefs are yet to call off the event. Last week, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced that the county season would not start until at least the end of May.

"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."

Stokes, 28, is spending a sustained period at home after England's winter tour of Sri Lanka was called off a fortnight ago.

The two-Test series had been due to begin in Galle on March 19, but was cancelled following the outbreak of coronavirus.

“At the moment my next competitive cricket is going to be in the IPL”
- Ben Stokes

Stokes added: "I remember the day that we got told we were leaving Sri Lanka and it was midway through a warm-up game.

"Everyone was shell-shocked for half an hour in the changing room. It was such a weird feeling because we had been there for 10-12 days. We were building up to the first Test and then we were going home.

"But when you put everything together in terms of where the world was with the coronavirus, and what was being said on tour, it was the wrong place to be at that time and everyone's health is more important than anything else in the world."

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