All-rounder Sam Curran has been receiving relatively frequent communication from the Chennai Super Kings about the postponed start of this year's Indian Premier League.
The start of the 2020 IPL has been moved from 29 March to 15 April. More delays might happen, as the Indian government implements measures against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We're just trying to keep fit and keep training like we usually do. 15 April is the proposed date, but I think India has also gone into lockdown. But each day it changes. CSK have been in touch about trying to do what we can. All the CSK boys around the world, every country is in lockdown, so every cricketer is in the same boat. It would be silly not to keep fit because it might come to a two-week turnaround and we're all on the park. Fingers crossed it's soon,” said Curran, who has also played for the Kings XI Punjab.
Curran in the County Championship
Curran was part of England's squad for last month's Test series against Sri Lanka. The tour was aborted before the series started. He is with Surrey for the County Championship season, which has also been delayed.
“It's a scary time for anyone in any industry. We flew out to Sri Lanka a few weeks ago and were back within 12 days. We are glad to be back with our families and loved ones throughout this time. It's a scary time, thinking about the summer ahead and what the schedule might look like, no one knows, because this pandemic, no one knows how long it will last,” he added.
“The lockdown is three weeks at the minute and the county season has been delayed until the end of May, but no one is very positive about when we might bowl that first ball of the summer. As players, we've just got to keep ticking over and trying to be as fit as we can be because we all want to be out playing cricket. But there's a lot more important things in the world going on right now which we should be focused on.”