Moeen Ali will not play in IPL 2016 © Getty Images
Moeen Ali will not play in IPL 2016 © Getty Images

Johannesburg: England all-rounder Moeen Ali has withdrawn his name from next month’s Indian Premier League (IPL) auction after discussions with former captain and England Cricket Board (ECB)’s Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss. According to an ESPN Cricinfo report, Strauss got in touch with Moeen and his representatives yesterday to discuss his involvement in the tournament as January 21 is the last date for entry into the auctions. Strauss reportedly told Moeen that while the final decision was his, he should also be aware of hectic schedule of the tournament for more than month and half. READ: Moeen Ali’s four-for sinks South Africa

It was learnt that after speaking to Strauss, Moeen decided to withdraw his name from the auctions of the cash-rich league as he is seen to play a big part in 17 Tests that England play this year apart from ICC World T20 in India. Moeen is a dependable player for Worcestershire and according to sources, the cricketer discarded playing in the domestic Indian Twenty20 (T20) contest in order to play English domestic matches. Though he has played many domestic T20 matches for Worcestershire in Natwest T20 Blast over the years, the Englishman is yet to make his debut in IPL. READ: Joe Root to forgo cash rich IPL contract for England’s sake

Rumours surfaced of IPL franchise and last year’s champion, Mumbai Indians, of being interested in purchasing the all-rounder as they have so far retained only two foreign players- Corey Anderson and Kieron Pollard. Moeen played in the T20Is most recently against Pakistan taking three wickets in three matches and is currently playing for England in South Africa in the four match Test series.