- Akash Vaishnav
International League T20: Former England red-ball skipper Joe Root has been recruited by Dubai Capitals for the inaugural season of International League T20.
Twenty20 cricket is perhaps the antithesis of the 31-year-old Joe Root, whose nucleus lies within the boundaries of test cricket. Having said that, the Yorkshire-based cricketer has his share in franchise leagues around the globe.
His franchise cricket debut occurred in Big Bash League 2018-19, where right-handed Joe Root was contracted by Sydney Thunder. In his short stint, Joe Root aggregated only 96 runs in 6 innings at an average of 15.5, with 26 being his best score.
Representing Yorkshire in Vitality Blast, the conventional batter Joe Root also registered 653 runs in 18 innings, at an average of 50.3, with 7 half-centuries to his credit.
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Alongside side Sydney Thunder and Yorkshire, Joe Root has also been familiarized with some Hundred experience with Trent Rockets. From an overall perspective, Joe Root has amassed 893 runs in T20Is for England at an average of 35.72 and a strike rate of 126.30, with five half-century scores to his credit.
After ceasing his tenure as a full-time test captain earlier this year, the top-order batter has been prioritizing white-ball cricket alongside discerning a franchise contract, and now, it finally appears that Joe Root has landed himself a T20 contract after 4 years with Dubai Capitals.
The GMR Group-owned Dubai Capitals also took it to Twitter and announced the English batter’s arrival by quipping, “That is the consistency we are Root-ing for.”
Earlier last month, Joe Root mentioned in an interview that he is not considering playing in fewer game forms and that he has no current ideas or sentiments about retiring or slowing down. Root also claimed that because he was always rested, he felt estranged from the T20 format.
Root, said, “I have no thoughts or feelings of retirement or slowing down or playing fewer formats. If anything, I feel a little bit more freedom with my time. I always used to get rested for the T20s and I feel like I got alienated from the format because I had not played enough of it.”
“You can feel like you are getting left behind a little bit. Now, the next couple of years might be a good time to explore playing a little bit more of that format and see how far I can take that side of my game.”
“That is especially valid because of how we are trying to play now as a Test team. Looking at the game through a T20 lens, will that benefit my Test cricket? With a 50-over World Cup next year, there are areas of my game that can benefit from playing more short-form cricket. When am I going to play some white-ball cricket if I don’t go out and search it out domestically,” the north paw added.
Not long ago, Joe Root also acquired his maiden Indian Premier League contract as Rajasthan Royals purchased him at his base price of 1 crore in the accelerated auction. For Root, clinching some proficiency in the International League T20 would be pre-eminent before the IPL and the World Cup in India next year.
Rovman Powell (C), Joe Root, Dushmantha Chameera, Hazratullah Zazai, Fabian Allen, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sikandar Raza, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dan Lawrence, Blessing Muzarabani. Isuru Udana, George Munsey, Fred Klaassen, Robin Uthappa, and Yusuf Pathan.
The Rovman Powell-led Dubai Capitals would institute the International League T20 by squaring off against Abu Dhabi Knight Riders at Dubai International Stadium on 13th January.
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