IPL 2021: As expected, Rajasthan Royals confirm Jos Buttler won’t return for IPL Phase 2, Glenn Phillips to replace him

IPL 2021: As expected, Rajasthan Royals confirm Jos Buttler won't return for IPL Phase 2, Glenn Phillips to replace him
IPL 2021: As expected, Rajasthan Royals confirm Jos Buttler won't return for IPL Phase 2, Glenn Phillips to replace him

IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Jos Butler Rajasthan Royals: The inevitable has happened. England’s star white-ball batsman Jos Buttler’s name has been doing rounds amongst the players unlikely to return for IPL in UAE. On Saturday, Rajasthan Royals (RR) confirmed that Jos Buttler won’t return as he and his wife Louise are expecting their second child soon. New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips has been roped in as a replacement.

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IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals confirm Jos Buttler won’t return for IPL Phase 2, Glenn Phillips to replace him

IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Jos Butler Rajasthan Royals: Currently, Jos Buttler is playing in the five-match Test series against India at home. Had he returned for IPL 2021, Buttler would have to be out of his home for over 5 months. IPL will be followed by T20 World Cup and that will be followed by a long Ashes Tour of Australia and then West Indies, ending in March.

That was the reason the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) left it on the players to take a call on the IPL return. Jos Buttler is one of the few multi-format cricketers in England. The likes of Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Moeen Ali are also expected to take a call on IPL return. However, as per CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan, both Sam Curran and Moeen Ali have opted to return. 

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IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Jos Butler Rajasthan Royals: The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman from Auckland is currently part of the Barbados Royals franchise in the CPL.

24-year-old Glenn Phillips represents Auckland in New Zealand’s domestic cricket, and made his international debut for New Zealand during a bilateral T20I series against South Africa in 2017. The top-order batsman has 506 runs to his name in 25 T20Is with a strike rate of 149.70, and has also been involved in various cricket leagues around the world, most recently in The Hundred and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

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