Rajasthan Royals say that Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler could miss England Test duties to fulfil their IPL commitments. The trio have all been retained by the Royals for the 2021 edition of the IPL, joined by Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone after he was picked up at Thursday’s auction in Chennai, and have committed to a full season.
“That is our understanding, yes. The feedback we got was that they should be available for the franchise,” he said. “Our objective was to get as much clarity as possible, because if that were the case, it really puts us in a vulnerable position. We asked the BCCI for clarity and they provided it after discussions and after looking at what’s happening and what is the plan. So we’ve basically structured a strategy with that in mind. We are very, very happy to have them as our core.”
“Buttler is definitely the more adaptable of the players,” he added. “Stokes is not far behind but we are looking at Buttler in terms of a role where he can do either/or and fit into a core role of being our linchpin batsman around whom we have everyone else.”
“He’s one of the few that I have seen, alongside AB De Villiers who can do that role. There’s nothing else that you can say about Ben Stokes, other than that he’s exactly the type of player any side would want.” Sangakarra continued. “Jos and Ben are extremely good team men but, at the same time, have fierce pride in their performances and how they view themselves in those roles.”