Joyce hoping for Indian Premier League deal
BRAY NATIVE Ed Joyce could be in line for a massive pay-day next week courtesy of the Indian Premier League (IPL), but the cricketer admits he doesn’t think he’ll get the call from any of the clubs.
The IPL auction, in which all Indian clubs will bid for the 148 players who have put their names forward, will take place this Friday, February 6, and will include many of cricket’s top names, including Kevin Pietersen and Monty Panesar.
The former Presentation College Bray student, who was captain when Middlesex won the Twenty20 Cup last season but is now at Sussex, says he doesn’t expect to be picked from the first draft of players, but is hopeful a deal could materialise next year perhaps.
‘It is unlikely that it is going to happen this year, but my attitude is that if I have a good season as well this time round, hopefully next year I will get a look in,’ he told Setanta Sports News.
‘But you have to be in it to win it!
‘Most of the guys from England who put their name down won’t get a gig. ‘You have Fred [Andrew Flintoff] and KP [Kevin Pietersen] who will top of many wishlists, so the rest of us have to make do, and hope to get selected by one of the teams as a last go.
‘You also have a better opportunity for next year if you are in the auction this year.’
Some people in the cricket world fear that the hullabaloo surrounding the IPL may have adverse affects on the English cricket team, but 30-year old Joyce envisages no such problem.
‘When you are on an England tour, your whole mind is on England.
‘Obviously on February 6, there will be an eye on the auction, and whether they get a gig. But, once you are involved with England and are about to play a Test match, your minds are on that.
‘Their preparation will be as good as it ever was.’
Bray native, Ed Joyce.