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“Harry Brook Reveals Cause for International Absence, Opts Out of IPL 2024”

Young England batsman Harry Brook has confirmed his withdrawal from the upcoming IPL after the passing of his grandmother.

Brook had withdrawn from England’s recently concluded Test series in India in late January to be with his family, departing from the team during their preparatory camp in the UAE.

The 25-year-old has now made the “difficult decision” to also skip the 2024 IPL, providing clarity on the circumstances surrounding his recent absence.

In a statement on Instagram, Brook said, “I was so excited to be picked by Delhi Capitals and was so looking forward to joining up with everyone. While I don’t think I should need to share my personal reasons behind this decision, I know there will be many asking why. So I do want to share this. I lost my grandmother last month – she was a rock to me, and I spent a huge amount of my childhood in her home; my attitude to life and love for cricket was shaped by her and my late grandfather.”

He further added, “When at home, there would hardly be a day go by that didn’t include seeing her. It makes me so happy that she was able to see me play cricket for England. I’m proud that she could collect some of the awards I have won over the last couple of years when I couldn’t be there, and I know she enjoyed doing that.”

Explaining his departure from the Test tour, Brook stated, “I made the decision to leave the India Test tour the night before we flew from Abu Dhabi to India because I was told for the first time that my grandmother was ill and didn’t have long left. Now that she has passed, my family and I are grieving and I need to be around them.”

Brook has notably scored four centuries in his 12 Test appearances for England so far and has featured in a total of 44 international white-ball matches.

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