Star players including captain Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, and Jose Butler have come to Dubai in the mandatory Kovid-19 test after arriving. They will be available to play in the Rajasthan Royals IPL match against the Chennai Super Kings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on 22 September. The trio is among the 21 players from Australia and England who arrived in the United Arab Emirates on 17 September in a specially chartered plane from Britain.
An IPL source said, "Smith, Butler, and Archer had a Kovid-19 test on Friday with negative results. So they are available for selection as the time of detention has also been reduced to 36 hours. '
Former Australian captain Smith had a concussion problem that prevented him from playing all three ODIs against England. He will have to get approval from the franchise and Cricket Australia's medical team to play in the opening match. If he does not play the first match, Butler can lead the team, as he is one of the senior players in the team. So far the franchise has been hoping that Smith will be found to be fit in the mandatory 'concussion' test and will be available from the very first match itself.