Big Blow for RR and RCB ahead of playoffs, Jos Buttler and Will Jacks leave for International duties

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Jos Buttler

England cricketers have started bidding goodbye to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 with the playoffs not far away. The Three Lions are set to lock horns with Pakistan in a 4-match T20I series from May 22 onwards. The English Captain Jos Buttler already left the RR camp last night after the game against CSK.

Jos Buttler is amongst the big names to miss the IPL playoffs

Jos Buttler, who has been in scintillating form for the Rajasthan team, scoring 359 runs from 11 games at an average of 39.88 and a strike rate of 140.78 with 2 hundreds, has already left RR. His departure is a huge blow for the 2008 champions, especially considering one of his centuries helped the Royals record the joint-highest successful run-chase in IPL history.

In Buttler’s absence, RR can rope in Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who has scored 4734 runs from 190 T20 matches with 1 hundred and 34 fifties to show for his efforts. The Royals are yet to book their berth in the playoffs. After winning 8 out of their first 9 games, Sanju Samson’s men have entered a mini-slump as they are on a 3-match losing streak.

Will Jacks and Reece Topley leave RCB

RCB is another team that will be affected with a couple of their English stars missing out. Placed fifth in the table with 12 points and a net run rate of +0.387, the Challengers are not far away from making their way through to the playoffs. However, they would not be having the services of Will Jacks and Reece Topley for their last league game against Ruturaj Gaikwad’s CSK on May 18 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

The departure of these players was very much on the card after the England Cricket Board (ECB) made it clear that the English players would have to return home before the IPL playoffs for the home series against Pakistan. Before defending their T20 World Cup title, England will be preparing for the tournament with a four-match series against Pakistan, starting on May 22.

The World Cup-bound English players have been leaving the IPL before the playoffs to be on national duty. The likes of Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Phil Salt will fly back home in a few days as the England squad will meet up in Leeds ahead of the Pakistan series.

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