Harry Brook withdrawal from IPL 2024 confirms reason for absence


Harry Brook withdrawal from IPL 2024

Harry Brook withdrawal from IPL 2024: Harry Brook has confirmed the reason for his absence from international matches and has subsequently withdrawn from IPL 2024.

Young English batsman Harry Brook has affirmed his decision to withdraw from the upcoming IPL (Indian Premier League) following the passing of his grandmother. Harry Brook withdrawal from IPL 2024.

In January, Brook had withdrawn from England’s recent Test tour in India, due to personal reasons. But the primary cause for his absence during the tour was his grandmother’s illness.

The England batsman was included in the Delhi Capitals squad after being purchased for INR 4 crore during the December auction.

Brook had opted out of England’s recent five-Test series in India from January to March despite participating in the pre-tour training camp in the UAE. He departed from the team during their preparatory camp in the UAE and did not join them for the first match in Hyderabad.

Harry Brook withdrawal from IPL 2024
Harry Brook withdrawal from IPL 2024: He would not be the part of Delhi Capitals

It remains unclear whether the Delhi Capitals will seek a replacement player for Brook, acquired for INR 4 crore during the December auction.

After missing the Test tour, Brook clarified his necessity to return to the UK before the final part of England’s journey to India.

The 25-year-old has now taken the “difficult decision” to also abstain from participating in the 2024 IPL, providing clarity on the circumstances surrounding his recent absence.

Brook has achieved four centuries in his 12 Test appearances for England so far and has participated in a total of 44 international white-ball matches.

Harry Brook withdrawal from IPL 2024

Brook wrote on Instagram,

“I can confirm that I have made the very difficult decision not to play in the upcoming IPL 2024. I was so excited to be picked by Delhi Capitals and was so looking forward to joining up with everyone.”

“Whilst I don’t think I should need to share my personal reasons behind this decision, I know there will be many asking why. So I do want to share this. I lost my grandmother last month – she was a rock to me and I spent a huge amount of my childhood in her home; my attitude to life and love for cricket was shaped by her and my late grandfather.”

“When at home, there would hardly be a day go by that didn’t include seeing her. It makes me so happy that she was able to see me play cricket for England. I’m proud that she could collect some of the awards I have won over the last couple of years when I couldn’t be there and I know she enjoyed doing that.”

He continued, “I made the decision to leave the India Test tour the night before we flew from Abu Dhabi to India because I was told for the first time that my grandmother was ill and didn’t have long left.”

“Now that she has passed my family & I are grieving and I need to be around them. Over the last few years I have learned to prioritise my mental wellbeing and that of my family’s, honestly nothing is more important to me than family. So whilst this may come as surprising to some, I know it’s the right decision for me.”

“I’m young and hope to have many, many more years of cricket to come which I intend to make the absolute most of.”

“I couldn’t be more grateful for the support I have received, especially from the ECB and Delhi Capitals, thank you.”

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