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Job Buttler reveals what he will do if IPL 2021 clashes with international for England – Hindustan Times

England batsman Jos Buttler has insisted that playing for his country will take “precedence” if the Indian Premier League (IPL) clashes with any international cricket.

ANI had earlier reported that the first game on resumption of IPL will be played on September 19, while the final will take place on October 15. The cash-rich league was suspended in May first week after several COVID-19 cases were reported in the bio-bubble.

“Usually the IPL does not clash with any international cricket. When it does clash, probably England will take precedence,” BBC quoted Buttler as saying.

In May, Ashley Giles, the managing director of the England men’s team, has said that the England and Wales Cricket (ECB) are not planning to change their schedule for the IPL 2021.

Meanwhile, the 2021 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will conclude on September 15, four days before its scheduled final, to allow the Caribbean players to participate in the remaining games of the 14th edition of the IPL.

According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the CPL will take place in St Kitts and Nevis between August 26 and September 15.

The showpiece event was scheduled to kick off on August 28, but the Cricket West Indies (CWI) tweaked the timetable after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) began talks with the CWI.

Meanwhile, IPL franchises are also confident that the BCCI will engage in positive discussions with all the foreign boards and make players available for the remaining games.

“What we were made aware after the BCCI SGM is that the board will be speaking to the foreign boards and check on the availability of the foreign cricketers. We are confident that the BCCI will find the best possible solution and honestly it is a matter of the BCCI officials speaking to the respective board officials, so we should wait to hear from the board on this.

“Yes, if we do end up missing some of the foreign stars, that is an area which would need some attention when it comes to picking replacements as the foreign players are also integral to the teams. Team balance can go for a toss, so keeping fingers crossed on that one,” a franchise official told ANI in May.

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