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3 IPL teams that will be most affected by unavailability of players

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06 Jan 2019, 17:34 IST

#2 Rajasthan Royals

Stokes and Buttler will head back to England to prepare for the World Cup
Stokes and Buttler will head back to England to prepare for the World Cup

International players who are available for the entire season - Liam Livingstone, Ish Sodhi, Oshane Thomas, Ashton Turner

International players whose availability is doubtful - Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer

Rajasthan Royals is one side that has relied heavily on the international players to produce the goods. While they are known to pick lesser known Indian players, they have been very particular about their choices when it comes to overseas players.

However, their choices of overseas players might prove costly for the Royals this time around. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are vital for England's dream of winning the coveted World Cup trophy in front of their home crowd and thus will miss a major part of the tournament. Also, Steve Smith, who will make a comeback after the one-year ban, will miss the first week and the last two weeks of the tournament due to national commitments. Things might just get worse for the Royals if England selectors decide to include Jofra Archer in their World Cup squad. Royals' overseas backup players do not have much experience which might prove to be detrimental for the team.

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