Joe Root will be playing in the International League T20 in Dubai in January and February. He wasn’t chosen for the England ODI squad, but he announced earlier this week that he’ll be making only his second T20 appearance in an overseas league.
England’s top Test batter, Root, has not been involved with the T20I side since 2019, but he’s been clear that he wants to continue developing his game in the shortest format. He’s been on the list for Friday’s IPL auction, and the link with the Capitals – part of the franchise run by Delhi Capitals joint-owners, GMR Group – won’t hurt his chances of being picked up.
Root is a very important player for England in ODIs, but he has taken some time off to rest and prepare for the Test team’s tour of New Zealand in February.
Root confirmed his involvement in the IPL auction last month. He had previously gone unsold in 2018. Root’s opportunities to play in the T20 format have been limited recently, partly because of the demands of being the Test captain. He only played in a BBL match last year and has appeared for Yorkshire and Trent Rockets in the Hundred.
Tom Root helped England to the final of the 2016 World T20, scoring an audacious 83 off 44 in a record run chase against South Africa. However, he lost his place in the team due to the rise of Dawid Malan, who plays a similar anchor role in the top order. Root’s last T20I came against Pakistan at Cardiff in the lead-up to the 2019 50-over World Cup.
The Dubai Capitals announced that they had signed Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan, and the team includes current players such as Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen, and Sikandar Raza. There is also another Englishman, Dan Lawrence, on the team.