'I'm an international cricketer, it didn't seem right' - Josh Little reveals why he left CSK midway through IPL 2022

Little said that being an international cricketer, bowling only as a net bowler did not seem right to him.

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Chennai Super Kings had a poor outing at the IPL 2022. Coming into the tournament as defending champions, they finished in ninth place in the points table to end their campaign. Ravindra Jadeja was handed the captaincy role by the legendary MS Dhoni, just a few days before CSK’s first game, but looking at how things panned out, Dhoni had to get back into the captain’s hat.

The captaincy incident was the most talked about topic this year during the IPL, but there also was one incident that was overseen by many. Josh Little, a 23-year-old Irish bowler, has now opened up about the reason why parted ways with the team just two weeks after joining them. He said that he was being used as a "net bowler," whose services were needed when the other bowlers were "tired."

“I was told it was something it wasn't. I was told before I went that I'm a net bowler and if someone gets injured then there's a chance I play. But I couldn't bowl when I wanted, I'd get two overs [in training] and think, 'Two overs, I'm halfway across the world here!' Maybe I was naive because I played in the Lankan Premier League and T10, I had a good year behind me,” Little told CricBuzz.

"I'm an international cricketer, it didn't seem right. The other guys were keen to get involved because they never had that sort of exposure. When I found out I was a net bowler that was required to bowl at someone when the slingers were tired, I was like 'get me out of here' - which is probably why they'll never have me back because I left after two weeks," he further stated.

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Josh Little hopes to get into a new franchise for IPL 2023

The young bowler has registered himself for the IPL 2023 auction, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, December 23, in Kochi. Little, who has 62 wickets in 53 T20Is to date, received massive praise from former Chennai Super Kings player Suresh Raina recently, who endorsed him as one of the auction's top prospects.

This year, Little played for the Manchester Originals at The Hundred, and also represented the winning team Deccan Gladiators in the Abu Dhabi T10 league. He is backed with a good amount of experience in the format and will surely be the one to watch out for at the auction.