Jos Buttler, the wicket-keeper batsman from England, will miss Rajasthan Royals’ first IPL 2020 match, against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday in Sharjah. The 30-year old is in mandatory quarantine after landing in the UAE with his family.
Buttler was part of recently concluded England-Australia limited overs series. While most of the player from that series directly travelled from one bio-bubble to other – reducing the quarantine time to 1-5 days depending on their team’s fixture, Buttler has to go through IPL’s mandatory six-day quarantine as he has travelled with his family separately. Also, Dubai has no mandatory quarantine unless a player tests positive of Covid-19, whereas in UAE, a player has to go through mandatory 6-day Quarantine.
Speaking on an Instagram Live on Rajasthan Royals official handle, Buttler said, “I’m unfortunately going to miss the first match for Rajasthan because I’m going to be doing my quarantine period because I’m here with my family – which is great that the Royals have allowed me to have my family out here. It’ll be a huge help in lockdown having my family here with me.”
Buttler is also hopeful of Ben Stokes participating in IPL 2020. Ben Stokes is currently in New Zealand owing to some family reasons. Although, there has been no official word from Rajasthan Royals so far, Buttler hopes that Stokes joins RR at some point.
“Hopefully [he’ll come to UAE],” Buttler said. “I think Ben’s taking some family time at the moment. Everyone wishes well with him, everyone’s got him in our thoughts. He’s such a good player so hopefully at some point he’ll be able to join us in pink.”
Jos Buttler has been in red hot form opening the innings in T20I of late. And in this season also, he is looking forward to opening the innings for Pink army. However, he is also ready for any role that team management gives to him.
“Hopefully [I’ll be batting] at the top. I like opening the batting in T20 but of course very happy to bat anywhere the captain and the coach want me to which is always good,” he said.
Apart from Buttler and Stokes, Rajasthan Royals also have to address the progress of captain Steven Smith, who missed ODIs against England due to concussion symptoms. RR will play their first game against Chennai Super Kings on 22-September in Sharjah.