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Why are English players pulling out of IPL 2024? Harry Brook joins the list of absentees | Sporting News India



The 17th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to get underway on March 22 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, as defending champions Chennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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However, cricket fans will be disappointed as several marquee English names are pulling out of the tournament due to various reasons. 

On Wednesday, the news emerged that England batter Harry Brook, who had missed the Test series against India due to personal reasons, would not be able to play in the IPL either. He had been bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 4 crore in the latest auction, and the franchise will now be looking for a replacement.

TSN takes a look at the big names of English cricket who have pulled out so far.

English players who have pulled out of IPL 2024

Mark Wood (Lucknow Super Giants)

The Lucknow Super Giants received a setback ahead of the IPL 2024 season as their star pacer, Mark Wood, will miss the tournament. The England fast-bowler was withdrawn from the upcoming IPL season by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to manage his workload leading up to the T20 World Cup in June and the home summer series.

Wood, who was purchased for Rs. 7.5 crore by the Lucknow franchise during the IPL 2022 auction, will be absent from the tournament due to concerns over his fitness. Despite showing promise with 11 wickets in four games for Lucknow Super Giants in the previous season, Wood’s performance was hindered by an elbow injury, causing him to miss several matches.

The 34-year-old cricketer also faced a dip in form during the recent Test series against India, where he managed to secure only four wickets in five innings.

In light of Wood’s absence, Lucknow Super Giants have named Shamar Joseph as his replacement for the upcoming IPL season. Joseph, a talented fast bowler from the West Indies, joins the franchise for a sum of Rs. 3 crore.

Gus Atkinson (Kolkata Knight Riders)

In a move aimed at managing the workload of promising seamer Gus Atkinson, the English Cricket Board (ECB) has decided to withdraw him as well from the IPL 2024 tournament. Despite Atkinson’s last international outing in December during the West Indies tour, the ECB opted to prioritize his physical well-being.

Atkinson, a 26-year-old talent, made his international cricket debut just last year. Knight Riders had acquired Atkinson for Rs. 1 crore at the auction last year, reflecting his potential as a valuable asset. 

Replacing Atkinson at Kolkata Knight Riders is Sri Lankan pacer Dushmantha Chameera, who remained unsold during the auction. Chameera joins the franchise at a reserve price of Rs. 50 lakh, bringing a new dynamic to the team’s bowling lineup.

Jason Roy (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Jason Roy, the explosive top-order batter, has withdrawn from the upcoming IPL season citing personal reasons. Roy’s decision comes after an impactful stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders last season, where he played eight matches and boasted an impressive strike rate of 151.60, setting a strong foundation for the team.

Notably, Roy has been a journeyman in the IPL, representing four different franchises in as many seasons, including Gujarat Lions, Delhi Capitals, and Sunrisers Hyderabad. This marks the third instance where he has opted out of the tournament due to personal reasons, having done so previously in 2020 and 2022.

Replacing Roy in the Knight Riders squad is Phil Salt, another dynamic English top-order batter known for his aggressive style of play. Salt’s recent exploits include scoring back-to-back centuries in a T20I series in the Caribbean last December. Despite going unsold at the auction, Salt now joins KKR for a reserve price of Rs. 1.5 crore, aiming to make a significant impact in the upcoming season.

Harry Brook (Delhi Capitals)

In a heartfelt announcement on his official social media profiles, England cricketer Harry Brook revealed his decision to withdraw from the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. The 25-year-old, who had previously cited personal reasons for pulling out of England’s recent Test tour in India, disclosed that the passing of his grandmother influenced his choice to opt out of the IPL.

“I can confirm that I have made the very difficult decision not to play in the upcoming IPL,” he wrote in a post across his official social media profiles.


“I was so excited to be picked by Delhi Capitals and was so looking forward to joining up with everyone. Whilst I don’t think I should need to share my personal reasons behind this decision, I know there will be many asking why. So, I do want to share this.

“I lost my grandmother last month — she was a rock to me and I spent a huge amount of my childhood in her home; my attitude to life and love for cricket was shaped by her and my late grandfather. I made the decision to leave the India Test tour the night before we flew from Abu Dhabi to India because I was told for the first time that my grandmother was ill and didn’t have long left.

“Now that she has passed my family & I are grieving and I need to be around them. Over the last few years I have learned to prioritise my mental wellbeing and that of my family’s, honestly nothing is more important to me than family.”


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