England captain Joe Root has shown interest in entering the auction pool in the IPL but he is yet to come to a firm decision as there is a lot to consider before doing so.
The IPL mega auction will take place in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13. With the addition of two new teams, there is a major rejig in place with all franchises set to undergo changes.
“Time is ticking but I have a lot to weigh up. Will it have a negative impact on me playing Test cricket? If I don’t think so then I will put myself in the auction.“
“But I will never do anything that will detract from playing Test cricket for England. It’s so important to make sure that is the priority for me and other players as well,” Root told ESPNcricinfo.
Akin to Joe Root, Mitchell Starc also pondering over IPL involvement
Australian pacer Mitchell Starc has also stated that he is currently thinking about sending in the paperwork after excluding himself from the league for quite a few years. He has previously played 27 matches for RCB but kept pulling out of the league for various reasons.
“I’ve got two days to get my paperwork in, so that might be something to do today before training. I’ve not put my name down just yet, but I’ve got a couple more days to decide on that. It’s certainly on the table regardless of what the schedule has got coming up.”
“I haven’t been for six years or so. Obviously, with a heavy weighting towards T20s over the last period of time and the World Cup coming up later this year, that’s one to take into consideration as well. There’s a bit going on with scheduling and what-not to get our heads around, certainly for us multi-format players,” Starc stated.