IPL 2020: Jos Buttler to miss Rajasthan Royals’ opening game against Chennai Super Kings due to quarantine requirement
IPL 2020: The BCCI had reduced their quarantine period to 36 hours instead of the six days that other players underwent as they entered one bio-bubble from another, having arrived on a chartered flightUpdated: Sep 20, 2020, 20:11 IST
England star batsman Jos Buttler announced on Sunday that he will not be a part of Rajasthan Royals’ opening game of the 13th edition of Indian Premier League against Chennai Super Kings which takes place on Tuesday. Buttler, who arrived in Dubai, UAE, along with his family, is required to spend time in a mandatory quarantine period.
“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,” Buttler informed fans in an Instagram live uploaded on the official Royals’ handle.
“It’ll be a huge help in lockdown having my family here with me,” the England cricketer further added.
Around 21 players from England and Australia reached Dubai earlier this week after completing the limited-overs series in the UK, which concluded on September 16th. The players were required to spend 36 hours in quarantine as per the BCCI guidelines, instead of the six days, because they were already placed in a bio-secure environment in the UK.
All the players arrived on a chartered flight in the UAE. But Buttler is required to spend an entire period of six days in quarantine because he came on a different flight with his family.
Buttler is an important player for Royals. Compatriots Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes are also part of the team. Star all-rounder Stokes’ participation in the tournament is also in doubt as he is spending his time with his ailing father in New Zealand. He is expected to miss a few games at least in the first half of the tournament.
(With PTI inputs)