Sam Billings will skip the IPL 2023 season to focus on county cricket.

Sam Billings will skip the IPL 2023 season to focus on county cricket. Billings appeared in eight IPL 2022 matches for KKR.

In order to concentrate on the longer form of the game in England’s county cricket. The star wicketkeeper-batter Sam Billings withdrew his name from the IPL 2023. Which has caused a significant blow for the two-time IPL champion Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the tournament next season. He made his choice public on the microblogging website Twitter.

Sam Billings was acquire by KKR earlier this year. In the IPL 2022 super auction with a base price of INR 2 crore. He participated in eight games for the club. Making eight appearances, and racking up 169 runs at an average of 24.14 with a top score of 36. Billings was expect to team up with captain Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana. To form the middle order’s skeleton despite a dismal showing in IPL 2022.

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I won’t be taking part in the next IPL KKRiders : Sam Billings

However, in an effort to secure a position on the national squad under the new coaching of Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes, the English cricketer has turned his focus to red ball cricket. He will play county cricket for Kent throughout the English summer in an effort to be chosen for the Test series against Pakistan.

“Have taken the tough decision that I won’t be taking part in the next IPL KKRiders. Looking to focus on longer-format cricket at the start of the English summer with Kent cricket.Thank you so much for the opportunity KKR! Loved every minute of it. An amazing franchise with some brilliant people. Hopefully, see you again in the future,”

Billings wrote in a post.

In a post, he expressed his love for the Kolkata-based team and expressed his wish to play for them again in the future. He is currently considered England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes’ backup, but he will work hard to prove himself in the next English summer in order to secure a berth in the Test team.

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