England is on the verge of missing out on the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy if they lose the next two games in the 2023 ODI World Cup. Irrespective of any of the results, England’s white-ball squad is set to undergo some radical changes. The worst output right now for England could be not qualifying for the Champions Trophy. While many would expect the captain to be sacked, the management might actually not do that. Here, we take a look at three reasons why Jos Buttler may not be sacked even if England doesn’t qualify for the Champions Trophy.
1) Not many ready options are available to take over
One of the major problems for England is the lack of ready options. The likes of Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali are old to take up the mantle.
When we discuss Sam Curran and Harry Brook, the experience is not there. Hence, choosing the next skipper will be tricky for England.
2) Jos Buttler merits another opportunity
It was not long ago that Buttler captained England to a win in the 2022 T20 World Cup. Hence, the management may not give up on him just yet.
He is a talented individual and would be desperate to show his captaincy skills. Therefore, the motivation factor will be high now. This is also one of the reasons why Jos Buttler may not be sacked even if England doesn’t qualify for the Champions Trophy.
3) Panic decisions could further harm the squad
England management might have already realized that making some panic decisions could harm the squad. While it is obvious that the likes of Stokes and Moeen will be phased out, it is important to ensure an organic transition period.
Buttler could be key for this. He is still a solid option in the middle-order, at least, in ODIs. Hence, England may not press the trigger too fast.