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Buttler to miss opening game for Rajasthan Royals; Smith declared fit
IPL 2020

Buttler to miss opening game for Rajasthan Royals; Smith declared fit

Jos Buttler will not be available for Rajasthan Royals' opening game of the Indian Premier League against Chennai Super Kings at Sharjah.

Buttler is still undergoing his mandatory six-day isolation after joining the Royals squad since he has arrived in the United Arab Emirates with his family.

He was a part of England's white-ball squad during their limited-overs assignment with Australia at home, which concluded on September 16.

"I'm unfortunately going to miss the first match for Rajasthan because I'm going to be doing my quarantine period because I'm here with my family," the star player said on Instagram.

"It'll be a huge help in lockdown having my family here with me," he added.

Buttler is one of the integral members of the Royals' squad alongside compatriots Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran and Australia's Steve Smith, who is the captain of the franchise.

Stokes will also miss out on the first few games for Rajasthan as he is currently in New Zealand with his ill father.

"Ben is taking some family time at the moment," Buttler informed.

"Everyone wishes well with him, everyone's got him in our thoughts. Obviously [he is] such a good player that [we hope] at some point he will be able to join us in pink."

Meanwhile, Smith's recovery following concussion-like symptoms he exhibited, due to a knock on the head preceding the ODI series against England, has been promising.

Smith, who is no stranger to concussion-related injuries, was hit on the side of his helmet while facing throwdowns in the nets and was ruled out of the subsequent ODIs. 

"Been in Dubai for a couple of days now with some good rest and then got into a bit of running. Yesterday, I did a bit of zig-zag running, which is part of the protocols to pass to get back to play," the Aussie stated on the eve of the match.

"Fantastic news that Steve is available," the team's head coach Andrew McDonald said on Monday.

"It's fantastic especially on the back of some setbacks back in the UK. It's obviously great to have your skipper available for the first game."