Chris Woakes: England bowler pulls out of IPL stint with Delhi Capitals

Woakes was a member of England’s 2019 World Cup winning squad

England bowler Chris Woakes has pulled out of this year’s Indian Premier League to focus on international cricket.

Woakes, who is currently in Sri Lanka with England’s Test squad, was due to play for Delhi Capitals in the Twenty20 tournament, which starts on 29 March.

The Warwickshire player will instead return to Birmingham after England’s two-Test tour of Sri Lanka.

“I want to play for England as long as possible,” said Woakes, 31.

“That’s still the pinnacle for me.”

Woakes has played 33 Tests, including three of England’s six Tests over the winter, and was a member of the World Cup-winning squad last summer.

He was signed for £160,000 by Delhi Capitals at auction, having previously played in the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“I just feel like I’d been on a bit of a treadmill…

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