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Winning the first match will be a big challenge for Rajasthan. Butler, Smith and Stokes will not be able to play in the first match. (File photo)
- Buttler, a right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, is quarantine in the UAE
- All-rounder Stokes is with family due to father’s diagnosis of brain cancer
- Smith has not recovered from injury, head injury in net practice
The IPL 2020 has begun. In the second match of IPL-13 played on Sunday after Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals started with a win by defeating Kings XI Punjab in a super over. The effort of all the teams is to start the IPL with a win. On Tuesday 22 September, the fourth match of IPL is to be played in Sharjah between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. But winning the first match will be a big challenge for Rajasthan. The three Rajasthan biggies Jose Butler, Steve Smith and Ben Stokes will not be part of the first match against Chennai.
What is the reason
England’s Jose Butler revealed on Sunday that he would not be able to play in the team’s first match against Chennai due to being held in Quarantine in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Rajasthan Royals posted a video on the social networking site Instagram in which Butler said, “I would unfortunately not be able to participate in the first match for Rajasthan Royals due to spending time in Quarantine.” I am here with my family. It is pleasant that the royals let me bring my family here. This is a big help. “
Rajasthan star all-rounder Ben Stokes will also not be part of the first match against Chennai. He is in Christchurch due to his father being diagnosed with brain cancer.
Rajasthan captain Steve Smith suffered a head injury during net practice in Manchester. He could not play ODI series against Australia either. Smith will also not be present for Rajasthan’s opening match in the IPL.