Wood pulled out of IPL to be fully fit for T20 World Cup and Ashes
‘I don’t want my body to fail me’: Fast bowler Mark Wood dropped out of this year’s IPL auction in bid to ‘prioritise England’ over ‘life-changing money’ ahead of upcoming T20 World Cup and Ashes series
- Mark Wood said he pulled out of the Indian Premier League to focus on England
- Wood is prioritising his England career ahead of the Ashes and T20 World Cup
- The fast bowler admits he’s turned down ‘life-changing money’ exiting the IPL
- Wood, 31, is back with the England squad looking to the third Test against India
Mark Wood pulled out of the Indian Premier League auction because he wanted to put England first.
England’s fastest bowler bucked the trend that will see other multi-format players spend a further eight weeks in a bio-secure bubble in April and May by taking his name out of the IPL hat just before Thursday’s auction.
‘It was a late decision because I think the IPL would have helped me as a cricketer and there was a huge opportunity to improve my wage by going there,’ said Wood, who is only on a white-ball contract with England.
Mark Wood said he dropped out of the Indian Premier League auction to ‘prioritise England’
‘But I’m trying to prioritise England and be ready for later on in the year when we’ve got loads of cricket. I don’t want my body to fail me or be a bit bruised mentally or physically when it’s time for the T20 World Cup and Ashes.’
Not that it was an easy call. ‘It’s life changing money which is why it was such a difficult decision,’ said Wood. ‘I’ve got a bit of unfinished business with the IPL because I only played one game for Chennai last time and I’d like another crack at some point.
‘But I just didn’t think the time was right and ultimately that was my decision. For me it was about prioritising my family and England.’
Wood is now back with England in India after being rested for the first two Tests and reports the pink SG ball that will be used in Wednesday’s day-night third Test has been swinging in the Ahmedabad nets.
The England paceman said he wants to rest fully ahead of the T20 World Cup and Ashes series
‘They have been a bit green and have had good pace and carry too,’ added Wood. ‘I don’t know if that’s anything to go by or it’s a bit of a trick but if it is seamer friendly next week we will be very confident.’
England’s IPL players will be expected to miss the Test series against New Zealand in June should their team reach the finals, it was confirmed yesterday.
‘That is our understanding and that’s how we structured the auction,’ said Kumar Sangakkara, director of cricket for the Rajasthan Royals who include Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer.
Wood (right) is now back with the England squad ahead of their third Test match against India
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