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Joe Root snubs cash-rich IPL to spend time with new-born son

Joe Root has reportedly been contacted by several Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises but the 26-year-old star says he wants to spend time with new-born son Alfred

cricket Updated: Jan 17, 2017 16:13 IST
Joe Root,India vs England,IPL
Joe Root has emerged as the most talented England batsman of the current era.(REUTERS)

Joe Root, England batsman, will not be available to play in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) this year as he is eager to spend time at home with his newborn son, the 26-year-old star has said.

One of the most sought-after batsmen of his era, Root has been reportedly been contacted by several franchises of the T20 league, beginning on April 5.

“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 told British media.

“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.”

Root made 78 in England’s three-wicket loss in Sunday’s first one-dayer against India. Cuttack hosts the second and penultimate match of the series on Thursday.

First Published: Jan 17, 2017 16:13 IST