IPL 2022: Sam Curran reveals why he opted out of the mega auction

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Ex-Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Sam Curran said that he will be focusing on his rehabilitation and will be starting his season with Surrey Cricket after opting out of IPL 2022.

The 23-years-old England cricketer himself confirmed that he’ll be skipping the IPL 2022 due to his rehabilitation from injury. He took to his Social Media channel to confirm the news.

“It was agreed that sadly I should not enter the IPL auction this year and to focus on my rehabilitation. I`m back in the nets and feeling great so hope to be back soon, Wishing everyone all the best for the tournament. I look forward to starting the season with @surreycricket.” 

A lower back injury in the second phase of the IPL 2021 ruled him out of the T20 World Cup 2021, followed by the Ashes 2021-22 series as he is still under rehabilitation. CSK opted not to retain Curran for IPL 2022 and chose his compatriot Moeen Ali as one of the retentions. Curran was the bright spot of CSK’s horrible campaign in IPL 2020 and he earned the trust of the captain MS Dhoni and was all set to be retained but the sudden injury made the franchise to go for the spin bowling all-rounder in Moeen Ali.

Apart from Sam Curran, West Indies T20 stalwart batter Chris Gayle, Australia pacer Mitchell Starc, England all-rounder Ben Stokes, England pacer Jofra Archer, and England all-rounder Chris Woakes are also not available for the auction

The IPL player registration closed on January 20 and a total of 1,214 players (896 Indian and 318 overseas) have signed up to be part of the 2022 player auction. The two-day mega auction will see 10 teams bidding for some of the finest talents in world cricket. According to the information given by the BCCI, a Total of 1,214 players (896 Indian and 318 overseas players) have signed up to be part of the IPL 2022 Player Auction that will be held in February.

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