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Joss Butler is giving up the rest of IPL 2021

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Joss Butler

English goalkeeper-whip Joss Butler gave up the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which is due to resume in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in mid-September.

“Usually the IPL does not face any international cricket. When it does, it is likely that England will have the advantage,” Butler was quoted as saying by the BBC.

The 30-year-old Englishman has said he will leave it to England and Wales Cricket Director (ECB) Ashley Giles to decide between the IPL and England’s international commitment.

“[Will play] Where Ashley Giles says, “he replied. Earlier, Giles said England’s commitments would take precedence over the IPL.

Butler played the first test in India in Chennai, which England won, but returned to England after that, as the ECB decided to alternate players.

He played the IPL but missed the first two tests against New Zealand. England lost four of the five tests in his absence and made one.

“I want to play as much as I can. You always want to be available for everything,” he added.

“I don’t think there are perfect answers. We play a lot of cricket and it’s important that everyone is watched.”

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