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Big setback for RR as Jos Buttler rules out of the remainder of IPL 2021

By Bet Barter

June 22, 2021

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has pulled out of the remaining half of the Indian Premier League. The T20 tournament is expected to be held in September-October, and it clashes with the national team's schedule. According to the FTP, England is expected to tour Bangladesh after the conclusion of the five-Test series against India. Considering the Ashes and the T20 World Cup in mind, the ECB is anticipated to rest some of their players. However, Ashley Giles has made it clear that just because the players have been given a break doesn't mean they can play cricket elsewhere.

Buttler scored 254 runs in 7 matches, including a century in IPL 2021 Phase 1

The 14th season of the Indian Premier League started in April in India but had to be suspended and postponed indefinitely on May 4. Overall, 29 games were conducted in the 14th season of the Indian Premier League. Thus, with 31 games remaining, the BCCI will need a small window to complete the tournament. The first match on resumption of IPL is set to be played on September 19. The final of the 14th IPL season will take place on October 15.

Earlier this year, Jos Buttler played the first Test in India in Chennai, which England had won. However, the wicket-keeper batsman had to head back to England as ECB decided to rotate players. He had featured in the IPL as well but missed the first two Tests against New Zealand. Notably, Jos Buttler had scored 254 runs in 7 matches, including a century in IPL 2021 Phase 1. 

The English team lost four out of the five Tests in his absence and has drawn one. The 30-year-old batsman reckoned that he would leave the decision to England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) director of cricket Ashley Giles to decide between IPL and England's international commitment. Jos Buttler will be back in the England team for the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. The series is set to start on June 23. The right-handed batsman is also willing to be a part of the squad for the 5-match Test series against India.

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