IPL 2022: Kyle Jamieson Reveals Why He Opted Out Of The Mega Auction

Updated - 03 Feb 2022, 02:11 PM

Kyle Jamieson
Kyle Jamieson (Image Credit: Twitter)

New Zealand pace bowler Kyle Jamieson revealed the reason after he pulled out from the IPL 2022 mega auction.

A total of 24 players from New Zealand are shortlisted in the main draft that consist of 590 players (370 Indian, 220 overseas).

Jamieson played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021, which was his maiden season in India’s premium T20 competition. He picked nine wickets from as many matches at an economy rate of 9.61.

The Auckland lanky pace bowler has played 25 matches across three international formats since making his Test debut for Black Caps against India in February 2020.

I didn’t really feel like I was where I wanted to be: Kyle Jamieson

Jamieson cited the challenges of staying with the COVID-19 norms and the rigorous schedule of the national team in 2022. Jamieson said he wanted some break to work on his game and also give himself some time.

Yeah, look, there were a couple of things for me. Firstly, after the last 12 months, it’s had its challenges with MIQs (managed isolation and quarantine) and bubbles and spending a fair amount of time in that sort of set-up. It was important for me, when I look at the schedule coming up over the next 12 months to try and find six weeks or eight weeks where I can spend some time at home,” Jamieson was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Kyle Jamieson
Kyle Jamieson [Image-IPLT20]

“The second thing for me was, reflecting over the last 12-24 months and understanding that I’m very young in my [international] career and only two years in, that I wanted to have time to work on my game. I guess I didn’t really feel like I was where I wanted to be and if I want to compete for spots in the New Zealand sides moving forward across all three formats, I actually need to spend time working on my game and not just trying to play the whole time. Yeah, for me it was just about time at home and just time to work on my game,” he further added.

It was a bit of a weight off my shoulder in a way: Kyle Jamieson

The New Zealand bowling all-rounder said it was a tough decision for him to not play the IPL but he only intends to skip this season as of now.

“I guess it was [a difficult decision] initially. I sat with it for a fair while, and it was kind of lucky I had a couple of months in bubbles to sit in my room and have a think, but once I’d made the decision, it was a bit of a weight off my shoulder in a way, in terms of just focusing on myself and trying to get better,” Jamieson said.

Kyle Jamieson celebrates. (Credits: Twitter)

“I’m still pretty young, I still think I’m young at 27 and I’ve still got a few years ahead, so this is just for this year and looking at what the next 12 months will look like, and hopefully moving forward there will be more opportunities to try and dip my toes into that environment,” he added.

The IPL 2022 mega auction will take place on February 12 & 13 in India’s southern city Bengaluru.

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