England Test skipper Joe Root has admitted that he’d love to be a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the future. Root, who did not register for the upcoming IPL 2021 auction, is yet to feature in the T20 tournament. He had entered the auction in 2018 but went unsold.
Speaking on the eve of the second Test against India in Chennai, Joe Root stated that he is keen to play in the cash-rich league sometime in the near future. The 30-year-old asserted that the decision to not register for IPL 2021 auction was the right move, under the circumstances.
“At some point in my career, I am desperate to be a part of an IPL season. Hopefully, a few more beyond that as well. It is something I would love to experience, and love to be a part of,” Root said during a virtual press conference on Friday.
“With the amount of international cricket and Test cricket, in particular, this year didn’t feel like it was the right time (to enter the IPL auction). I didn’t feel like I could throw in all my energy into it, which it deserves,” he said.
“And, I don’t think it would set me up and set English cricket up best with what’s to come. Very difficult decision. Hopefully, next year, there’s more of an opportunity to potentially be part of the IPL or at least be in the auction,” he added.
Joe Root to miss IND vs ENG T20I series
Despite performing consistently in Test cricket, Joe Root was left out of England’s T20I squad for the five-match series against India. The team, led by limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan, has the likes Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Curran and Ben Stokes. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler will also return after being rested for three Tests.
Last week, Root had admitted he still has ambitions of playing in the T20 World Cup to be held later in the year. He last played a T20I for England in May 2019, against Pakistan at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.