Star England batsman Joe Root will not participate in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League, the 26-year-old has confirmed.
Root has reportedly been contacted by several IPL franchises ahead of the IPL 2017 edition. And he recently told the British media that IPL is a good tournament and a lot of good things would come from the T20 league but he wants to be with his family and spend time with his newborn son.
“It is a shame because there is a really good window in the international calendar to play. But looking at the schedule, especially next winter, I am going to be away for long periods,” Root was quoted saying.
“This will be a great opportunity to spend time at home and watch (son) Alfred grow up a little bit. A lot of great things would come from the IPL, a lot of great experiences and I am sure it would help to improve my game.
“But at the moment being at home is my priority and I want to make sure I do not miss out on that. It is quite tough being away in these early days so it will be nice to catch up,” added Root.
Well, the English cricketer got engaged to his girlfriend in March 2016 and they welcomed their first child, Alfred William Root, on 7th January 2017.