Delighted to find takers at the IPL auction, England pacemaker Mark Wood said receiving a contract was like playing a computer game like ‘Football Manager’ – ‘almost not real’.
Wood was bought by new franchise Lucknow Super Giants for Rs 7.50 crore on the first day of the IPL auction last week.
“As soon as the final amount was confirmed, Sarah asked what it was in pounds – maybe I should freeze all our accounts so it doesn’t go away,” Wood told ‘The Guardian’. ”But we are delighted. It’s a strange experience. It feels like a computer game – almost not real, like transfers on Football Manager – but it’s also very real when you’re signed,’ he added.
The 32-year-old, who pulled out of last year’s auction to spend more time with his family, recalled the scene at his home during the auction.
“We were about to leave for the weekend for a wedding anniversary which I missed in Australia, but the IPL auctioneer falling ill on stage interrupted everything and delayed our departure,” said said Wood.
Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades had collapsed in the auction room on the first day due to low blood pressure.
“Harry was supposed to be sleeping in the car, but he collapsed on the sofa before my name came up. I remember Sarah yelling – but also whispering – ‘Come back here now’, as I put on some dishes in the sink.” After a quiet start to the bidding, all of a sudden it moved quickly and the numbers went up,” he said. Veteran playmakers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been dropped from the England side for a three-Test series against the West Indies next month and Wood said he was “shocked” to learn of the duo’s omission. “I didn’t see it coming at all. It will be weird that these two are not on tour; a first for me. Even when injured, they normally remain in the party.
“But I know they will be there by text if I need advice. And if they see anything they would also text. They are England fans, I know they have been there for a long time. a long time but they still just want England to win and I’m 100 per cent sure they will come back.”
He also spoke about the departure of former head coach Chris Silverwood from the team following the team’s embarrassing loss in the Ashes series.
“It’s sad. Spoons has been so supportive of me. I’ve come in leaps and bounds since he came on board as a bowling coach [in 2018]. ”He always made my job fun and never pressured me. You never want anyone to lose their job and it’s so hard as a player when management blames you for your failures,’ Wood said.
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