- Tymal Mills will turn out for boyhood club Suffolk in England’s Minor Counties league this summer
- The England fast bowler has suffered a severe dip in form after the highs of last year
- Tymal Mills’ IPL 2018 plans went kaput when we was left unsold at the auction in January
In a bid to force his way back into national reckoning, England fast bowler Tymal Mills has penned a short-term deal with his boyhood club Suffolk to play Minor Counties cricket in his native country. The 25-year-old limited-overs specialist failed to get himself a contract in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and will therefore be free during the English summer. After landing a gig worth INR 12 crore with the Royal Challengers Bangalore last year, Tymal Mills’ IPL 2018 campaign failed to take off as he went unsold at the mega auction in January.
As a result, Mills has now signed up to play up to six matches for Suffolk in a bid to build up his match fitness and be ready for England’s upcoming international summer and a new Natwest T20 Blast campaign with Sussex. Having said that, Mills will witness a radical change in his surroundings as he takes the field at Peterborough and Bury St Edmunds after experiencing the dizzying heights of playing alongside stalwarts like Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers in the IPL 12 months ago.
Tymal Mills’ IPL 2018 plans went awry as he went unsold at the auction
Tymal Mills’ IPL 2018 absence is also down to the fact that after an injury-ridden second half of 2017 and a poor Big Bash during which he was dropped by both the Hobart Hurricanes and the national team, his stock has fallen rapidly in recent months. The left-arm pacer though did have a partially successful stint with the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League and is hoping to kick on from that and use his return to familiar climes in England as a catalyst for a better outing in the coming months.
“It’ll be nice to play for Suffolk again,” said Mills, who grew up in the small town of Brandon and played for the Tuddenham St Mary and Mildenhall clubs before earning his first professional deal with Essex.
“If you’re just bowling in the nets for three months, it’s a long time. You need some games, you need some consequences, and some intensity. It’s not ideal. I didn’t get an IPL contract, which is fine – I didn’t deserve one, to be honest. But injuries and international call-ups happen, so if a gig becomes available in the IPL, I’ll be ready to go.”
Having endured constant back problems in his career, it is easy to understand why Tymal Mills’ IPL 2018 no-show is not bothering the fast bowler as he remains in a philosophical mood about his recent tribulations and trial.
Mills is now looking to the future
“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs,” he stated. “The IPL contract set me up for life, really. I’ve not been silly with it, got myself a nice place, so it just makes everything else a lot easier. Then last year I had a lot of injuries, and then a poor Big Bash, didn’t get picked for England, didn’t get an IPL contract.
“But I’m lucky to still be playing. You go through your ups and downs, and hopefully I’ll have a nice long career,” he signed off.