England’s Jos Buttler on New Zealand Tests clashing with IPL

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Jos Buttler has admitted it would be “bittersweet” to miss the start of England’s home summer in order to play in the knockout stages of the IPL, and said that the prospect of having to choose one over the other has left him in a “far-from-perfect situation”.

England’s home season will begin with a Test against New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2, three days after the final of the IPL on May 30. While it is not yet clear whether England’s multi-format players would be able to appear in both competitions, the ECB has told them they will be able to stay in India until their involvement in the IPL has come to an end.

Buttler, a key player for Rajasthan Royals since he was signed ahead of the 2018 season, admitted that he had considered opting out of the IPL, but emphasised the positive impact that players’ involvement in the competition has had on England’s limited-overs sides and defended the ECB rest-and-rotation policy that saw him fly home for the final three Tests of the recent series in India.

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