Jason Roy eyes World Cup spot despite ending England contract

Jason Roy eyes World Cup spot despite ending England contract

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London. Despite canceling his contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), England opener Jason Roy still wants to represent his country in the Cricket World Cup to be held in India later this year.

On Thursday, Roy confirmed that he has put the final months of his contract with the ECB on hold after agreeing to sign up with MLC, a new white-ball competition in the United States.

He, however, made it clear that he has taken the decision without putting an end to his hopes of playing for England but will remain available for international selection.

The deal with the ECB means Roy can also eye a place in England’s squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup to be held in India in October-November this year.

“I hope to play for England for many more years, that is my priority,” Roy said in a statement. As a singles format player without a central contract, I wanted to take the opportunity to play in this competition because There is currently no scheduling conflict with England.”

He said, “Playing as much competitive cricket as possible as an England player benefits me. Just to be clear, my priority is England cricket, particularly the World Cup.”

The MLC, scheduled to take place at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Texas from July 13–30, has significant support from both India and Australia: four of the six franchises have investors who own IPL teams, while Cricket Victoria and Cricket New South Wales has a stake in the other two. ,

The league’s inaugural season has a minor clash with the English summer: the semi-finals and final of the T20 Blast are scheduled for July 15, while two rounds of the County Championship are scheduled to take place between finals day and the start of the Hundred on August 1.(IANS)

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