England tempo bowler Mark Wood on Friday mentioned that household and health had been the explanations behind him pulling out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction at the last minute.
Wood knowledgeable the franchises hours earlier than the auction that he wouldn’t be half of the IPL mini-auction held in Chennai on Thursday.
The right-arm tempo bowler, who was anticipated to go for a really excessive value at the auction, mentioned enjoying the lengthy collection in India and following it up with IPL would have been a really lengthy affair.
“[A] couple of issues actually. First and foremost, it was my household. I’m going to spend six weeks right here in India and it will have been one other eight weeks on high of that in order that’s 14 weeks. We’re in a wierd state of affairs with Covid-19 and we will not see our households whereas we’re with England like we often do and I needed to have the ability to change off, go house and recharge for the second cause which of course is being prepared for England,” Wood advised the media on Friday.
Wood mentioned he does not need to be affected bodily or mentally forward of England’s busy 12 months that features World T20 and the Ashes collection towards Australia.
“I’m making an attempt to prioritise that and be prepared for in a while within the 12 months once we’ve obtained masses of cricket going. I do not need my physique to fail me or be a bit bruised mentally or bodily for the back-end of the 12 months when it is the World Cup and Ashes and the summer season when it is a massive collection towards India at house. So, I needed to be prepared and obtainable and have some household time as nicely as a result of there’s a lot of time away from house this 12 months,” he mentioned.
The 31-year-old tempo bowler mentioned that he determined to drag out as he didn’t need to upset any franchise at a later date.
“It wasn’t till the last minute. I did not need to go into the auction after which let a crew down at a later date; I did not assume that was truthful,” Wood mentioned on his determination to skip the IPL auction.
“I used to be to-ing and fro-ing backwards and forwards as a result of I assumed it will have improved me as a cricketer and there was an enormous alternative to enhance my wage by going there. It would have been an enormous alternative for me and though it was life-changing cash, I’m comfy with my determination and I hope it serves me nicely,” he mentioned.