Dubai: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) are to be contested tomorrow in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). While the Chennai team has registered its first win in the tournament, Rajasthan is going to play their first match this season. In such a situation, there will be pressure on Rajasthan and in the meantime the team has suffered two big setbacks. Australia’s Steve Smith and England wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler are out of the first match against Chennai.
Rajasthan captain Steve Smith suffered a head injury during a net practice in Manchester on a tour of England. Because of this, Smith could not take part in the series of three ODIs and now Smith will not be present for the initial match in the IPL of Rajasthan.
At the same time, Jose Butler has come here with his family and is currently in compulsory segregation period. He has said, ‘I will unfortunately not be able to play the first match for Rajasthan Royals as I am in compulsory segregation period. This was needed because I am here with my family. Getting permission from the royals to be with the family is fantastic. Staying with my family during lockdown will help a lot.
The limited overs series between England and Australia ended on 16 September after which a total of 21 players from both countries have come to the UAE for the IPL.
These players came from chartered aircraft in the UAE bio-bubble from the Bio-bubble (bio-safe environment) of England, so the BCCI changed their separation period to 36 hours instead of six days. At the same time, Butler arrived here with his family in a separate plane, due to which he would have to remain in isolation for six days.
Let me tell you that the team is already missing their star player Ben Stokes, who is currently in New Zealand to take care of his ailing father. When he will join the team, nothing can be said right now.