England Test captain Joe Root hopes to play in the Indian Premier League for the first time next year.
Root first entered the IPL auction in 2018, but was not picked up and has never been to the tournament before.
Last year, Root decided not to participate in the auction due to his engagements with England, but stressed his ambition to one day participate in the tournament.
He said: “At some point in my career I’m desperate to be part of an IPL season. Hopefully, a few more beyond as well. It’s something that I would love to experience and that I am hoping for. loves to be a part.
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“With the amount of international cricket, and the cricket test in particular this year, I didn’t feel like it was the right time. [to enter the auction].
“I didn’t feel like I could put all of my energy into it, which it deserves. And, I don’t think it would prepare me and put English cricket at its best with what’s to come.
“I hope that next year there will be more opportunities to potentially be part of the IPL or at least be in the auction.”
Now, according to a report from the Telegraph, Root is expected to participate in next year’s mega-auction.
The IPL is set to drop from eight teams to ten next season and England’s international schedule does not clash with the tournament, increasing Root’s chances of being selected.
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The 30-year-old was not selected for England’s squad for the T20 World Cup this year and has not played a T20I for more than two years.
However, he has an impressive record in the format and has expressed his desire to return to the English team T20I.
With another T20 World Cup on the horizon next year, an impressive performance in the IPL for Root could earn him a place in the England squad for this tournament.