Jos Buttler shares his diplomatic approach for leaving the IPL 2024 mid-way

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Jos Buttler

England’s white-ball captain, Jos Buttler, has expressed his opinion that international cricket schedules should not overlap with the Indian Premier League (IPL). His remarks come after he left the Rajasthan Royals (RR) during the IPL playoffs to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Jos Buttler’s views on prioritizing IPL

Buttler, along with other England players, chose to leave the IPL ahead of the playoffs to focus on national duties. He emphasized that his primary allegiance lies with representing England in international matches.

Buttler believes that there should be no conflict between international fixtures and the IPL. He stated, “It’s my personal opinion that there shouldn’t be any international cricket that clashes with the IPL.”

The ICC had announced the T20 World Cup schedule well in advance, while the IPL schedule was finalized later. Buttler emphasized that leading into a World Cup, playing for England and performing at the highest level is the best preparation.

Since Buttler’s departure, RR has faced challenges, losing four consecutive matches. Their Eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be a crucial encounter. RCB’s Will Jacks has also left the tournament, impacting their lineup.

Before the T20 World Cup, England will play a 4-match T20I series against Pakistan. Buttler and the England squad aim to fine-tune their skills and build momentum for the global tournament.

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