Joe Root sacrifices the opportunity to play in the IPL to rebuild England's Test team

Amid all the excitement, Joe Root has declined the invitation to play in the Indian Premier League. Fans would have to wait at least another year to witness the batting champion compete in the T20 tournament. It's worth noting that he recently hinted about taking part in the IPL.

The 31-year-old, however, denied entering the forthcoming IPL 2022 super auction in a press conference after losing the fifth Ashes Test match in Hobart. He declared that he would forego this opportunity because England's Test team requires his full concentration right now.

He aspired to perform more for his country in the most extended game format after his side lost the Ashes 2021-22 by 4-0. Furthermore, some cricket analysts and pundits have pointed to the IPL as one of the reasons for England's red-ball woes. Michael Atherton has discussed how the Indian T20 league acts as a roadblock for English cricketers who want to play international cricket.

He had put his name in the hat for the huge auction in 2018, but he had gone unsold. Root hasn't participated in an IPL auction since then. Nonetheless, given his talent, he can always compete in the IPL anytime he wants.

On the other hand, Mark Wood has been rumoured to be interested in returning to the IPL. In the 11th season of the league, he last played for the Chennai Super Kings. Nonetheless, the IPL 2022 big auction is planned to take place on February 12 and 13, and the league is set to welcome two new franchises, Lucknow and Ahmedabad, to the fold.