The fourth match of IPL 2020 will be played between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on Tuesday 22 September, but before that Rajasthan team has suffered two big setbacks. The Chennai team, which trailed the Mumbai Indians in the opening match of the 13th season of IPL, will be on the seventh sky, while the Rajasthan Royals, captained by Steve Smith, will miss two stalwarts. This is announced by the Rajasthan Royals franchise itself.
The press release issued by Rajasthan Royals has confirmed that the team's England wicket-keeper batsman Jose Butler and Dhaka all-rounder Ben Stokes will not be part of the team in the first match. The franchise has reported that Jose Butler is currently in quarantine as he did not accompany the rest of England. He arrived in Dubai with the family, where he would have to spend 6 days in quarantine. They can join the team in the next few days.
Regarding Ben Stokes, the Rajasthan Royals franchise has informed that he is still in New Zealand with his family. In such a situation, they will also not be available in the first match. Although it is possible for Jos Buttler to join the team in the second match, the franchise has not given any information regarding Stokes. Rajasthan Royals, the winning team of IPL debut season, have to face three-time champion CSK in their first match, which is going to be a very interesting match.
Significantly, on September 16, the last ODI match was played between Australia and England. On its second day, players from England and Australia arrived in Dubai in a private plane. After this, the players who had to go to Abu Dhabi had left, but Jose Butler has reached Dubai with his family. Dubai had a 36-hour quarantine period for players from England and Australia, but they were eliminated from the bio-bubble. In such a situation, Butler will have to stay in quarantine for 6 days.