Jos Buttler hopes for a shortened IPL 2020: Details here

Paola Ditto
Marzo 27, 2020

The IPL was supposed to start on March 29 but was postponed to April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nonetheless, both Stokes and Buttler said they were continuing with their normal training routines to be mentally ready in case the IPL does take place.

"We saw that initially it was going to be postponed until April 15, but I think at the moment everything seems very indefinite, doesn't it?" It's very hard to see this changing in the immediate future, so I don't see that as a possibility at the moment.

"That's such a massive tournament for world cricket, so hopefully it becomes a situation where some of it [can be played] or it can become a shortened tournament, or something can go ahead".

Buttler is now training indoors with the European Central Bank sending fitness equipment and a personalised training regime to its centrally contracted players with no action taking place. "Obviously, very unusual circumstances, but it's actually quite nice to spend some time at home, be with our little girl and actually just be a dad for a bit".

"The calendar is always so busy, so you're trying to find times when you can get a bit of a break, so I'm trying to use the time as a positive - although, of course, it's really unfortunate circumstances and very tough for everyone". "At the moment my next competitive cricket is going to be in the IPL", Stokes told BBC Radio 5 Live. It's actually a year ago that I got Mankaded. "I keep getting tweeted about it, saying "stay safe, don't go outside" with those pictures of me". "It might happen and if it does I don't want to be behind".

Earlier on Wednesday, Ashwin had also referred to the incident to warn everybody not to venture out of their houses as India seeks to combat the spread of the coronavirus outbreak with a complete lockdown. There would be a lot of advice thrown around and given to us if it was an option to go, and I would have to make the sensible [choice].

"I remember the day that we got told we were leaving Sri Lanka and it was midway through a warm-up game". England's home season is scheduled to begin on June 4 against West Indies - though that Test series is in doubt - and the European Central Bank would likely insist that any global fixtures should take priority.

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