Joe Root on decision to opt out of IPL 2021 auction: Desperate to be part of a season but time not right

England captain Joe Root has said that decision to opt out of IPL 2021 auction was a very difficult one. He added that with England’s packed Test schedule this year, the decision would not have served the interest of his national squad.

England captain Joe Root (Courtesy- Cricket Australia)


  • Joe Root has said that decision to opt out of IPL 2021 auction was difficult
  • The England captain added that his side has a packed Test cricket schedule this year
  • I don’t think it would serve English cricket best with what’s to come: Root

England Test team captain Joe Root has said that the decision to opt out of the IPL 2021 auction was a difficult one for him, adding that he was “desperate” to play in a few seasons of the cash-rich T20 tournament.

Joe Root, who has never featured in an IPL match till date, has opted against putting his name in the auction for the third time in a row now.

Explaining his decision, the 30-year-old said that his decision to feature in the upcoming edition of IPL would have not served English cricket in the best of its interest because of the packed Test calendar.

England at the moment are hustling hard to book a spot in the final of the World Test Championship at Lords in June. Also, the Three Lions are scheduled to play New Zealand, Australia and India later this year.

“It’s a very difficult decision. I am desperate to be part of an IPL season and hopefully a few more beyond,” said Root, who scored a match-winning 218 to lead England to a massive 227-run victory in the series opener.

“With the amount of Test cricket in particular this year, didn’t feel like it was the right time, didn’t feel like I could throw all my energy into it, which I think it deserves.

“I don’t think it would serve English cricket best with what’s to come… So, a very difficult decision. Hopefully next year, there’s more of an opportunity to potentially be a part of the IPL, or at least be in the auction,” Root said.

BCCI on Thursday released a list of 292 players who will go under the hammer at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 Auction. The mini-auction will be held in Chennai on February 18.

A total of 10 players, including 8 overseas players have set themselves at a base price of Rs 2 crore. Meanwhile, Umesh Yadav and Hanuma Vihari are the only 2 Indian players out of 11 who have set themselves a base price of Rs 1 crore.

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