How many franchise leagues does Travis Head wish to play in a year?

The Australian is featuring in the IPL for the first time since 2017

By Web Desk
May 22, 2024
Travis Head. - AFP

Australian batter Travis Head has been in sublime form in IPL 2024 where he is among the leading run-getters.

For the first time since 2017, Head is featuring in the IPL. He has somehow attracted eyeballs because of his performances in international cricket, especially the longest format.

The 30-year-old opened up about his plans regarding participation in T20 leagues and said he would play two events per year and prioritise Test cricket.

"This has been the first year in IPL for me in quite a while (since 2017)," Head told PTI. "I would put all my eggs in Test basket for the moment, I will continue to do that."

"After Tests, I will pick formats, and see in which different ways I am available for selection," Head said. "At this stage, I would like to be back here in [the] IPL next year. Like I will play Major League Cricket [in the USA] this year right after the World T20 [T20 World Cup] but next year might just look a lot different.

"Each year, you prioritise what you can and can't do. Next year, Test cricket is around, we tour the West Indies and probably I will not feature in many other franchises."

"Look, in few years when I am finished with Test cricket, then probably there will be few more opportunities to play a bit more franchise cricket. But at this time, I would try to limit it to a couple of franchise[s] maybe, and [focus on] Test cricket."

Despite enduring a demanding ten months, during which he had to recover from a hand injury that jeopardised his participation in the ODI World Cup and faced a brief preparation period for the T20 World Cup following the IPL, Head prefers not to make a fuss about workload management.

"I will be home in a couple of days' time once we are done with IPL. Be home for two-three days and make the trip to the West Indies with family and start all over again.

"Look, we are very fortunate to do what we do and I am not going to do it forever. So [we] try and make the most of it as we can, we are lucky that we are well looked after."

"I know in a few years, I can retire and do nothing, I will have plenty of time to look back and wish I was back on tour, I would like to be in the moment, keep batting through and stay in the moment, enjoying the moment."