Root puts fam­ily be­fore IPL riches

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LON­DON: Eng­land bats­man Joe Root will not be avail­able to play in the lu­cra­tive In­dian Pre­mier League this year as he is ea­ger to spend time at home with his new­born son, the 26-year-old has said. One of the most sought-after bats­men of his era, Root has been re­port­edly been con­tacted by sev­eral fran­chises of the T20 league be­gin­ning on April 5. “It is a shame be­cause there is a re­ally good win­dow in the in­ter­na­tional cal­en­dar to play. But look­ing at the sched­ule, es­pe­cially next win­ter, I am go­ing to be away for long pe­ri­ods. This will be a great op­por­tu­nity to watch (son) Al­fred grow up a lit­tle bit.

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