“England Will Take Precedence”: Jos Buttler Says
Jos Buttler, the star England wicketkeeper-batsman, says he won’t play in the rest of the IPL if it coincides with the national team’s schedule in September and October.
Clash With IPL
England’s restricted tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan ahead of the T20 World Cup are set to clash with the IPL.
“Usually the pocket of the IPL doesn’t clash with any international games, which makes it a very easy tournament to be available for. When it clashes with international cricket, England will take precedence I’d have thought,” Buttler said.
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Remaining Games Relocated To UAE From India
After many COVID-19 instances were detected in its bio-bubble, the IPL was forced to suspend play after 29 games in May. The remaining games have been relocated from India to the United Arab Emirates.
England’s Rotation Policy
Buttler also questioned England’s COVID rotation policy, claiming that scheduling might be improved in the future to ensure that all-format players do not miss games.
“That’s probably a really good question for all the administrators isn’t it? I think in terms of how much cricket we play, we play a hell of a lot and we understand it’s a short career and you want to be available and play as much as you can,” he said.
“But at certain times, I don’t think is possible – and I think Covid has complicated that even more. It’s an age where we’ve got to look after people and applaud that the guys are trying to be forward-thinking. Is it perfect? No, of course it’s not, I don’t think so, but I’d rather we look after our guys.
“I don’t think there are any perfect answers. I think in England we’re playing a lot of cricket, more than most. And obviously there’s a lot of cricket left this year and there’s some big cricket to come up. So, those breaks were put in there – I think it’s important for everyone to be looked after really well.”
Buttler Rested For The Two-match
After returning from the IPL, Buttler was among the players who were rested for the two-match Test series against New Zealand. From August onwards, he is anticipated to play in all five Tests against India at home.
“I think you do need an element of flexibility. You have to find a balance. We like to plan, and if you were just sucking it and seeing going into the biggest year of international cricket, you’d probably say that’s quite a lack of planning.
“So I think there has to be an element of flexibility, but I think it’s very important to plan as well.”