The IPL franchise The Rajasthan Royals have suffered a major setback after their star player, England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, ruled himself out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which is set to resume in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in mid-September.
“Typically, the IPL does not conflict with any international cricket. When they do collide, England will most likely take precedence “The BBC quoted Buttler as saying.
The 30-year-old Englishman stated that he will leave the decision between the IPL and England’s international commitment to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket Ashley Giles.
“I’ll play wherever Ashley Giles says,” he said.
Giles previously stated that England’s commitments would take precedence over the IPL. He also stated that the ECB has no plans to alter the schedule for the IPL 2021.
Buttler played in the first Test in India, which England won, but then returned to England as the ECB decided to rotate players.
He took part in the IPL but sat out the first two Tests against New Zealand. England has lost four of the five Tests he has missed and drawn one.
“I want to play as much as possible. You want to be available for everything, at all times “He continued.
“There are no perfect answers, in my opinion. We play a lot of cricket, so it’s critical that everyone is taken care of.”
Meanwhile, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 will end on September 15, four days before its scheduled final, to allow Caribbean players to compete in the remaining games of the 14th edition of the IPL.