England wicketkeeper batsman Jose Butler is out of the second leg of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL). He left the league due to family reasons. Butler has now claimed that he may be out of the Ashes series against Australia later this year. The reason is his family too, because England play the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman before traveling to Australia, which means they may be away from home for four months.
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After withdrawing from the second phase of the IPL 2021, Butler said he could move on from the ongoing Test series with India as he is in the process of the birth of his second child. Speaking to the Times, Butler said: ‘The biggest challenge for me is to do what I can’t. I have sacrificed a lot for cricket, my wife and family have sacrificed a lot.
He said, ‘It’s incredibly frustrating when some players feel they can’t do it, but we’re in the world at the moment when it’s possible.’ England players are currently promising to allow their family members to accompany them on their tour of Australia. With this in mind, the England and Wales Cricket Board is in talks with Cricket Australia.
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Australia is currently closing its borders to prevent the spread of Kovid-19. For this reason, there are only limited flights operating in the country, while returning passengers are required to complete a 14-day quarantine. Butler said, ‘The Kovid-19 epidemic is incredibly challenging for everyone and Australia has adopted a very strict policy to counter it.’