England's Test captain Joe Root has revealed that he is looking to re-enter the lucrative league auction after missing out on any team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction four years ago. In the IPL auction in 2018, no team had bid for Root, considered one of the greats of the game in the current era. He has not been a part of this dazzling league since then.
The 31-year-old batsman, however, said that he would like to play in this league only if it does not affect his Test career. "Time is short but I have many things to think about," Root told ESPNcricinfo.com.
Test cricket priority for Root
He further said, "Will this hurt my playing Test cricket? If I don't think so, I will put myself in the auction. But I would never do anything that would make it difficult to play Test cricket for England. It is very important to ensure this. Because it is my and other players' priority."
Root had scored the highest 1708 runs in Tests last year. He also scored 6 centuries. Before the upcoming season, the big IPL auction is going to be held in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13.
Stac may also participate in the mega auction
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc also said on Wednesday that he is considering a return to the IPL despite the upcoming hectic schedule. So that they can prepare themselves for the T20 World Cup to be held this year. Starc last played IPL in 2015. He had said that at the moment I have not decided on it. But his chances of being included in the mega auction are strong.
Starc was bought by KKR 4 years ago
Starc was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders in 2018 for Rs 9.4 crore. But KKR had to release him due to injury. Despite being a good T20 bowler, Starc has played only two seasons for IPL due to injury and workload management.