2022 T20 World Cup is over and England have been crowned champions of the side. The focus now shifts to the behind the scenes movers and shakers of the biggest domestic T20 league in the world. TATA IPL 2023 auctions are set to take place on 23rd December.
The teams are getting busy with their retention and releases which they have to submit before the 5PM on 15th November. Ahead of the tournament next year the league is already seeing some names either pull out or decide not put their names up for auction.
The story so far –
Pat Cummins the Australian test and ODI skipper has decided to pull out of the TATA IPL 2023. This comes as he wants to concentrate on the Ashes 2023 campaign which is set to take place next year in England.
Mitchell Starc who hasn’t played the IPL since 2015, will give the TATA IPL 2023 season the snub yet again. The left arm seamer has decided not to put up his name for auctions this year.
Sam Billings pulls out –
Another player who has pulled now is none other than Sam Billings, the English wicket keeper batsman. The 31 year has stated his desire to concentrate on the longer formats of the game.
Taking to his official Twitter handle, the 31 year old said “have taken the tough decision that I wont be taking part in the next IPL @KKRiders . looking to focus on longer format cricket at the start of the English summer @Kentcricket. Thank you so much for the opportunity @KKRiders! Loved every minute of it. An amazing franchise with some brilliant people, hopefully see you again in the future”
Have taken the tough decision that I won’t be taking part in the next IPL @KKRiders— Sam Billings (@sambillings) November 14, 2022
Looking to focus on longer format cricket at the start of the English summer with @kentcricket pic.twitter.com/7yeqcf9yi8
Sam Billings IPL career so far –
Sam Billings has played 30 matches in the IPL for a few different teams and was with the KKR for TATA IPL 2022 season. In those 30 games, Billings scored 503 runs with 3 half centuries and had a strike rate of 129.
Auctions on 23rd December-
The TATA IPL 2023 auctions are set to take place towards the end of the year with a few players going under the hammer. Kieron Pollard is one of the big names who will be up for grabs after he was let go by Mumbai Indians. The 35 year old West Indian was a huge part of Mumbai Indians success with 5 IPL titles and 2 Champions League titles in the 13 seasons he played with the men in blue and gold.