When the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 Mega Auction shortlist of players’ name revealed, everyone was shocked to not see New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson in the list.
The IPL 2022 Mega Auction is set to take place on the 12th and the 13th of February in Bangalore, while IPL’s 2022 edition is likely to kick-off from the last week of March.
This year, the Indian Premier League is expanding to a 10 teams affair, means more matches, more excitement and more craze with teams from Lucknow and Ahmedabad joining the league along with the existing 8 franchises.
Each existing franchises were allowed to retain a maximum of 4 players, while the 2 new teams were allowed to pick up 3 players from the list of players who were not retained.
Meaning that, this year’s IPL Auction is going to be fierce with teams battling for star players. Talking about that, one surprising name that is missing from the list is New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson.
Kyle Jamieson made his IPL debut in the year 2021 when he was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise for a whopping 15 crores. And not seeing him in the auction was very surprising.
However, the player himself has confirmed why he is taking part in the IPL 2022. Kyle Jamieson was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as saying that there are couple of reasons for opting out of the auction.
He stated that bio-bubble, isolation and quarantine as one of the reason behind his decision. He said looking at the schedule for the next 12 months, he is looking for six to eight weeks of time where he can spend some time at home.
“It was important for me, as I look at the schedule for the upcoming 12 months, to try and find about six weeks or eight weeks where I can spend some time at home,” stated Jamieson.
Another reason he stated that he feels his international career is quite young and that’s why wanted to work on his game and spend time at his home, “For me, it was just about time at home and just time to work on my game.”
Kyle Jamieson played only 9 matches in his debut season in the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise and picked up 9 wickets. He could only score 65 runs from those matches.