Chris Woakes reveals reason behind skipping IPL 2020
Just a couple of days ago, Delhi Capitals received a big blow as their potential recruit Chris Woakes was ruled out of the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League. His decision to rule himself out is not because of injury or fitness-related concerns but because he prefers national duty ahead of anything else.
Woakes wants to play safe such that he can start afresh for England’s away Test season against Sri Lanka where they will play two Tests, with the first match scheduled to be held on March 19.
Post that, England will play as many as six Tests at home next summer against West Indies and Pakistan starting from June 4 onwards.
Chris Woakes who was purchased by Delhi Capitals for Rs 1.5 crore had earlier played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“I want to play for England as long as possible – that’s still the pinnacle for me,” paceman Chris Woakes told reporters the press conference in Sri Lanka, where England are preparing for a two-Test series starting in Galle on March 19.
“I just feel like I’d been on a bit of a treadmill and I needed to get off for a bit of a breather. From a mental point of view it’s about recharging those batteries.
“The IPL is great but I’ve been there and done it. That’s not to say I don’t want to do it again but at this moment England is the most important thing to me, as well as spending time at home with the family where I can,” he added.
He also understands that it would be difficult for him to cement a spot in England’s squad for this year’s showpiece event.
“If I felt like I had real good opportunity to be in that T20 squad I’d probably still go to IPL and try to produce some good form,” he said. “They (the selectors) know what I’m about and what I can do but realistically it’d probably take a few injuries for me to be in contention.
“I suppose I don’t know the answer to why that happened. I think it happened gradually. The 50-over World Cup was prioritised, which was right, and during that period I was rested during a lot of T20 series. Would I want to change that or have it any other way? No, because it meant that I focused more on 50-over cricket and that has made me a World Cup winner – you can’t take that away.
“Hopefully I’ve extended my career rather than trying to spread it across all three formats.”