Rajasthan Royals, the 2008 IPL winners suffered a big blow after Jos Buttler made himself unavailable for the second leg of Indian Premier League 2021 that will be played in UAE. For a long, there were speculations that overseas players from different countries will not be available for the second half of the IPL. Now, Jos Buttler has officially informed that due to the packed international cricket schedule.
England is set to host India for a five-match Test series that will begin from August 4th at Trent Bridge. The long series will end on 14th September. Soon after that Indian players will travel to UAE for playing the second leg of the Indian Premier League 2021. However, England is expected to play two-match T20I series against Pakistan that is slated to begin from 14th October.
Jos Buttler Opts Out Of Indian Premier League 2021 2nd leg
Jos Buttler’s validation hints that many other England and Australian players might also opt-out of the tournament. Australian players are also expected to be playing five-match T20I series against West Indies. And, they are mostly expected not to feature in the Indian Premier League 2021 second leg that will take place in UAE.
In an interview, Jos Buttler himself also discussed about the Indian Premier League 2021 second half. As per him, the tournament’s schedule never collides with the international cricket schedule. But, this year it might clash and players will focus on national assignments instead of going for the T20 league.
“Usually the IPL doesn’t clash with any international cricket. When it does clash, probably England will take precedence,” Buttler was quoted as saying by the BBC.
Jos Buttler had a mixed session with the bat for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021 first-half. He got off to a poor start in the tournament. But, he soon got into his grooves as he smashed 124 run knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The right-handed batsman plays a key role with the bat for England in white-ball cricket. And, England Cricket Board will probably want to prepare him for the upcoming T20 World Cup that is slated to begin from the second week of October.