Skipped IPL to Spend Time at Home and Work on my Game, Says Kyle Jamieson

Written by Abhishek Patil

New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson has decided to skip the IPL this season to stay at home, away from managed isolation and quarantines, saying he wants to improve his game so that he can compete in all formats for the Black Caps.

Jamieson was the second-most-expensive buy at the IPL auction last year with Royal Challengers Bangalore shelling out a massive Rs 15 crore for him.

“Yeah, look, there were a couple of things for me (for opting out), Jamieson was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo’.

“Firstly, after the last 12 months, it’s had its challenges with MIQs (managed isolation and quarantine) and bubbles and spending a fair amount of time in that sort of set-up.

“It was important for me, when I look at the schedule coming up over the next 12 months to try and find six weeks or eight weeks where I can spend some time at home,” he added.

The tall bowling all-rounder made his international debut in February 2020 against India and his since featured in 12 Tests, five ODIs an eight T20Is.

“The second thing for me was, reflecting over the last 12-24 months and understanding that I’m very young in my [international] career and only two years in, that I wanted to have time to work on my game.

“I didn’t really feel like I was where I wanted to be and if I want to compete for spots in the New Zealand sides moving forward across all three formats, I actually need to spend time working on my game and not just trying to play the whole time.

“For me, it was just about time at home and just time to work on my game.”

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