New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson on Thursday revealed why he pulled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction. Last year, Jamieson represented Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL. He was not retained by the franchise, however, so he was expected to go for a hefty buck at this year’s auction. Jamieson was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo that yes, look, I had a few things in store for me. Firstly, after the last 12 months, it had its challenges with MIQ (Managed Isolation and Quarantine) and Bio Bubble and a fair amount of time spent in that kind of set-up. It was important to me, when I look at the schedule that is coming in the next 12 months and try to find six weeks or eight weeks where I can spend some time at home. ( IPL 2022 Auction )
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Dropping Out of Auction Was a Tough Decision
The other thing for me was that in the last 12-24 months it shows that I am [अंतर्राष्ट्रीय] I am so young in career and only two years in, that I want time to work on my game. I guess I didn’t really feel like I was where I wanted to be and if I want to compete for spots on New Zealand teams going forward in all three formats, I really need to work on my game. Need to spend time doing, not just trying to play. Yes, for me it was just time at home and time to work on my game. Jamieson also said that opting out of the auction was a difficult decision, but he hopes to play in the tournament in the years to come.
Jamieson bought by RCB for Rs 15 crore (IPL 2022 Auction)
I think it was a difficult decision initially. I sat with it for a while, and it was fortunate that I had a few months in the Bio Bubble to sit in my room and think, but once I made the decision, it was a little underwhelming. In terms of just focusing on myself and trying to be better. I’m still very young, I still feel like I’m 27 and I still have a few years ahead, so it’s just for this year and what will the next 12 months look like, and hopefully move me forward There will be more opportunities to try and dip your toes in that environment. Last year, Jamieson was bought by RCB for Rs 15 crore. This year the mega auction will be held in Bengaluru from February 12-13. ( IPL 2022 Auction)