Joe Root is considering entering the IPL 2023 auction as he prepares for the ODI World Cup in 2023.
Former England Test captain Joe Root has previously failed to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to national commitments, but that may shift this year given that he no longer has leadership commitments and is also absent from white-ball inclusion.
Root has admitted that he is “seriously” thinking of joining the forthcoming IPL 2023 auction in order to gain recognition from playing in the world’s largest T20 spectacle. Notably, the IPL 2022 mini-auction is set to take place in Kochi on December 23.
Furthermore, the 31-year-old has stated that he has zero plans to step aside from cricket anytime soon and instead wishes to explore prospects in the game’s shortest format.
From the man himself.
He said, “I have no thoughts or feelings of retirement or slowing down or playing fewer formats. If anything, I feel a little bit more freedom with my time. I always used to get rested for the T20s and I feel like I got alienated from the format because I had not played enough of it. You can feel like you are getting left behind a little bit. Now, the next couple of years, might be a good time to explore playing a little bit more of that format and see how far I can take that side of my game.”
Root also stated that playing in a shorter format will aid his game, as he hopes to be a member of England’s squad for the forthcoming World Cup 2023, which will be held in India next year.
He finished by saying, “That is especially valid because of how we are trying to play now as a Test team. Looking at the game through a T20 lens, will that benefit my Test cricket? With a 50-over World Cup next year, there are areas of my game that can benefit from playing more short-form cricket. When am I going to play some white-ball cricket if I don’t go out and search it out domestically?”