England’s swashbuckling cricketer Joe Root is all set to restart his career. And he has already taken the first step towards achieving his goal by enrolling himself for the IPL 2023 auction. The auction is slated to be held on December 23 in Kochi. Back in 2018, Root enrolled his name in the IPL 2018 auction but remained unsold.
Due to a jam-packed International schedule, Root’s appearances in T20 leagues have been limited. Though he played in the BBL 2018-2019 for Sydney Thunder where he amassed 93 runs along with featuring in a few fixtures of the Hundred tournament for the Trent Rockets franchise. Root has displayed a good show in the T20I format for England by amassing 893 runs at an average of 35.72. However, he last played a T20I fixture back in May 2019 & since then he hasn’t featured in any of the T20I fixtures for England.
Joe Root aims to explore the T20I format in the coming years
The former England captain too had accepted that he would like to explore new opportunities in the T20I format. “I would certainly debate going into the IPL draw quite seriously and hope to get exposure in that tournament. It would be great to get involved in the continuous enormity of each game and how much it means,” Root was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
He further stated that he doesn’t have any plans to retire from any format of cricket. And whenever he felt tired he took a rest from the t20I format & due to this he feels that he didn’t get enough exposure of the format. He also said that playing T20I fixtures for the next few years will help him to explore the shortest format a little more & figure out whether he can play the T20 format for the rest of the years.
Joe Root is currently in the UAE & is preparing for the historic Test tour of Pakistan in December. After the completion of the Pakistan tour, England will then depart for New Zealand’s test tour to be held in February 2023 where they will play two Tests. England will play the white-ball series in South Africa & Bangladesh in early of 2023. England’s home season will begin on June 1 when they will take on Ireland in a Test at Lords followed by Ashes 2022-23. So Joe Root has a chance to feature in most parts of the IPL 2023.