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Buttler hoping for shortened IPL in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is hoping for at least a curtailed IPL this season, aware that it would be difficult to conduct the massive tournament in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. The league was originally scheduled to start on March 29 in Mumbai but it was postponed to April 15 to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has claimed more than 21,000 lives across the globe. No news at the moment. We saw, initially, that it was going to be postponed. It s very hard to see this changing in the immediate future, so I don t see that as a possibility at the moment, Buttler said in a skysports podcast. Obviously, it s such a massive tournament for world cricket, so hopefully some of it can go ahead - perhaps a shortened tournament. Buttler also spoke about the duel between Jofra Archer and Steve Smith during the Ashes. Smith was forced to retire hurt after being struck on the side of the head by a Archer bouncer during the second Ashes Test at Lord s last year. The ..

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