England pacer Mark Wood has pulled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, set to take place in Chennai on Thursday (February 18) afternoon. The last minute withdrawal of the 31-year-old Durham cricketer was announced by the IPL management on Wednesday (February 17) evening during a meeting with the IPL franchise representatives in Chennai.
Wood, a right-arm fast bowler who has played 18 Tests, 53 ODIs and 11 T20Is, had registered for the maximum Rs 2 crore base price. He has so far played only one IPL game, for Chennai Super Kings, in 2018. He was the 24th player in the auction list and would have come in the fourth set of players, all top fast bowlers.
Wood’s withdrawal leaves 16 English players, including Alex Hales, Moeen Ali and Jason Roy, in the auction. According to franchise representatives, that is the only last-minute withdrawal. That leaves the auction register with 291 players, including 164 Indians and 124 overseas players. There are three players from the Associate countries.
The biggest announcement that was anticipated but did not come from the IPL management was the possible venues for the league this year.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to conduct the IPL in India but Cricbuzz understands that a formal decision has not yet been taken. The dates of the league have also not been announced but it is tentatively expected to start on April 10.
The auction starts at 3 pm on Thursday.