Mark Wood chose not to participate in IPL auction: The English pacer withdrew his name on the eve of the auction for the 14th season of the IPL.
England’s fast bowler Mark Wood opted out of the Indian Premier League’s 14th season auction one night before the event in Chennai.
Wood, 31, had played a solitary game with the Chennai Super Kings in 2018, giving up 49 points in his transition to four. The right-arm bowler was part of the team that lifted the trophy.
Unfortunately I will not return to @ChennaiIPL for the 2019 @IPL season. I want to thank the fans for the unforgettable support I received, you are class 👏🏻 I wish the team the best for next season! Once a Super King, always a Super King 💛 #WhistlePodu pic.twitter.com/oUr1sJHpda
– Mark Wood (@ MAWood33) November 16, 2018
Wood was then released by CSK ahead of the 2019 season and also didn’t play for the next two seasons. He was among 10 players who had been shortlisted with the highest base price of INR 2 crore prior to the auction.
Why did Mark Wood choose not to participate in the IPL 2021 auction?
Wood, who had recently visited Sri Lanka, returned home to England as his national selectors continued to spin multi-format players in a bid to keep them fresh for the white ball stage of the India tour .
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However, Wood has now returned to India to join the squad for the two remaining tests amid criticism of the rotation policy which has somehow prevented England from playing their first-choice XI.
Welcome guys! 🏴🏏 pic.twitter.com/7l5rWMH6nt
– England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 17, 2021
According to ESPNcricinfo, Wood withdrew from the auction in a bid to return to England to spend more time with his wife and young child. Considering England’s busy schedule for this year, it is imperative for them to give their A-List names proper rest.