The Rajasthan Royals side has been hit by a major blow ahead of their opening game. Their star batsman and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler won’t be a part of the playing xi for their first game due to the 6-day quarantine rule in place. The Rajasthan side is all set to take on the Chennai Super Kings on 22nd September in their inaugural match of the tournament.
The players from England and Australia landed in the UAE on the 18th of September after the conclusion of the limited-overs series in the United Kingdom. BCCI made things work with the officials in UAE for a 36-hour quarantine. But according to the latest development, Buttler will be placed into a mandatory 6-day quarantine before he can play his first game in the IPL this year.
I’m unfortunately going to miss the first match for Rajasthan: Jos Buttler
In a video uploaded by Rajasthan Royals Instagram handle, Buttler himself revealed to the fans that he will be missing the first game due to the quarantine regulations in place. He also thanked the Rajasthan franchise for allowing his family with him for the duration of the league.
”I’m unfortunately going to miss the first match for Rajasthan because I’m going to be doing my quarantine period. I’m here with my family, it’s great that the Royals have allowed me to have my family over, so it will be a huge help,” Buttler said.
Jos also hinted that his England companion Ben Stokes will soon make an appearance for the franchise in pink in the later stage of the tournament. As we all know Ben Stokes is with his family in New Zealand as his dad is suffering from cancer.
“Hopefully. Ben is taking some family time at the moment. Everyone’s wishes are with him and everyone’s thoughts are with him. Hopefully, we’ll have him here in pink at some point.” he added.
Watch the video here:
With Jos Buttler not available for the first game, Rajasthan can look to open the innings with veteran IPL player Robin Uthappa and upcoming youngster Yashaswi Jaiswal.