Dubai, September 19
Captain Steve Smith together with star gamers Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler have cleared the obligatory COVID-19 check on arrival and can be found to play Rajasthan Royals’ IPL opener towards Chennai Super Kings on the Sharjah Cricket floor on September 22.
The trio was a part of the 21-strong contingent of Australia and England gamers, who arrived within the UAE from UK by a particular chartered flight on September 17.
“Smith, Buttler and Archer underwent COVID-19 tests on Friday and results are negative. So they are available for selection with quarantine duration being reduced to 36 hours,” an IPL supply informed PTI on circumstances of anonymity.
Former Australia skipper Smith has had concussion issues and missed all three ODIs towards England and his participation within the opening sport is topic to clearance from each franchise and Cricket Australia’s medical staff.
If Smith misses the primary sport, Buttler may lead the facet as he is among the seniormost gamers within the staff.
As of now, the franchise is hopeful that Smith will clear the obligatory concussion assessments and be accessible from the primary sport itself. PTI