IPL 2021: It would have been incredibly difficult for England pacer Chris Woakes to participate in three events in a row, therefore he selected the T20 World Cup and the Ashes series over the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Woakes, who plays for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, joined compatriots Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Dawid Malan (Punjab Kings) in withdrawing from IPL.
“My inclusion in the World Cup squad, I didn’t know was going to happen – especially a couple of months ago. The IPL has been rescheduled and thrown on to the end of our summer,” Woakes was quoted as saying by ‘The Guardian’.
“With the World Cup and the Ashes, it would have been too much in a short space of time. I would have loved to have been part of the IPL but something has to give,” Woakes, who will play for Warwickshire this week, said.
“A World Cup and an Ashes tour, it’s almost as big a winter as our summer was in 2019. It’s a shame with what’s going on Covid-wise that it’s not going to be as normal as everyone would like. But, from a cricket perspective, it’s very exciting.”
The T20 World Cup, which will begin in the UAE and Oman after the IPL, and the Ashes series, according to Woakes, are as important as England’s summer of 2019.