Mark Wood, who played just one match for Chennai Super Kings this IPL, ends his stint with the side to return home for preparation of the long England summer. Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, and Moeen Ali will also leave their respective teams after the group stages to prepare for the upcoming season.
English fast bowler Mark Wood, who was bought by CSK for 1.5 crores, has bid goodbye to his IPL franchise in order to prepare for the long England summer. England would host Pakistan, India, and Australia, apart from the solitary ODI against Scotland on June 10. After playing the tournament opener against Mumbai Indians, which was the only match he featured going wicket-less for 49 runs, he has decided to play for his county team Durham instead of sitting on the bench for CSK.
According to Cricbuzz, the announcement was made on Wood’s Instagram page, which read, “The decision has been made for me to return home to England to prepare for the English summer.”
“Having worked so hard to get back into the test team, and because I’m not currently not in the CSK side, I am coming home to play for Durham to hopefully put my name in the hat for Test match selection,” Wood added.
Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes
After Pakistan, England will play a five-match ODI series against Australia from June 13 and later will host Australia in a one-off T20I on June 27. The much-awaited Indian tour of England has been scheduled from July 3 with a 3-match T20I series, followed by a 3-match ODI series. The tour will then proceed to 5-match Test series starting on August 1.