Joyce hop­ing for In­dian Premier League deal

Bray People - - Sport - Daniel GOR­MAN

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.

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