England’s top order batsman Tom Banton may withdraw from the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. Banton wants to make a place in the England Test team and hence he wants to focus on the domestic cricket of Red Ball. Banton was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team in IPL 2020, but during this time he got a chance to play only two matches. He said that he wants to play cricket instead of sitting on the bench.

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Banton told Sky Sports, “I loved watching IPL tournaments since childhood. But I think I am now in that phase where I need to play cricket instead of sitting on the bench. He said, ‘Last year explained a little things to me, certainly all these tournaments are good, but in a lot of them I sat on the bench and didn’t do much. To be honest, I missed batting and playing cricket.

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He said, “I think at this point in my career, perhaps it would be better for me to play some of the longer format matches for Somerset because my goal is still to play Test cricket.” The players’ auction for IPL 2021 is to be held in Chennai on 18 February.


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