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Jos Buttler backs IPL over internationals: ‘No cricket should clash with IPL’

Jos Buttler backs IPL over internationals: ‘No cricket should clash with IPL’

Buttler's comments have reignited the debate surrounding the scheduling of international cricket and lucrative franchise leagues like the IPL.

England captain Jos Buttler has ignited a fresh debate, sparking controversy with his comments prioritizing the Indian Premier League (IPL) over international cricket.

IPL vs International Cricket

The issue stems from England players leaving the IPL 2024 playoffs early to participate in a four-match T20I series against Pakistan. Jos Buttler, a key player for Rajasthan Royals, believes international cricket shouldn’t overlap with the IPL.

Jos Buttler prefers IPL

Speaking to Sky Sports after the rain-abandoned first T20I against Pakistan, Buttler declared, “It’s a unique buildup, that’s why we felt it was good to get the players together in this series. In my personal opinion, there should never be any international cricket that clashes with IPL.”

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Focus Divided for Jos Buttler

While making this statement, Jos Buttler’s IPL side – Rajasthan Royals secured a spot in Qualifier 2 of the IPL vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). However, despite his team’s success, his focus had shifted to the international series.

Jos Buttler: Driving Force Behind Early Exit

It was revealed by England’s managing director, Rob Key, that Buttler himself initiated the early departure of English players from the IPL. Key stated that Buttler prioritized the upcoming T20 World Cup and wanted to return to England for pre-tournament preparations.

Both England and Pakistan will play three more T20Is leading up to the World Cup, with no warm-up matches scheduled. This tight schedule leaves little room for rest or adaptation.

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Disappointment with Washed-Out Match

Despite prioritizing the series, Buttler expressed his frustration over the rainout of England vs Pakistan 1st T20I in Leeds. “It’s really frustrating,” he said. “We were excited to play, but there are still three matches to look forward to.”

Debate Continues

Buttler’s comments have reignited the debate surrounding the scheduling of international cricket and lucrative franchise leagues like the IPL. Will his bold stance influence future scheduling decisions? Only time will tell.

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