His team Rajasthan Royals on Saturday announced that England wicketkeeper-batsman Jose Butler will miss the second leg of the Indian Premier League due to the birth of his second child.
The second phase of the T20 league, which was halted in May due to rising Kovid-19 cases in India and multiple cases in the IPL bio-bubble, is scheduled to take place in the UAE from September 19.
“Jose Butler will not be part of the rest of # IPL2021 because he and Louis are expecting a second child soon. We wish them well and can not wait for the newest member of the #Royals family,” the franchise tweeted.
The Royals will also be without star England pacer Joffre Archer, who has been ruled out for a year due to a recurrence of a pressure fracture of his right elbow.
“I wish franchise Jofra Archer good health and a speedy recovery,” the franchise said in a statement.
The Royals have signed New Zealand top-order wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips, who is currently part of the Barbados Royals franchise in the Caribbean Premier League.
The 24-year-old is representing Auckland in New Zealand domestic cricket and made his international team international debut in the 2017 bilateral T20 series against South Africa.
The top-order batsman has scored 506 runs in 25 T20s with a strike rate of 149.70 and has recently played in various cricket leagues around the world in The Hundred and the CPL.
The Royals finished fifth in the points table before the league was terminated. They have three wins from seven matches.