Jordan keen on IPL stint

2015-03-12 08:15
Chris Jordan (Getty)

Sydney - England all-rounder Chris Jordan has said he would like to experience the glamour of the Indian Premier League.

The lucrative domestic Twenty20 competition has been regarded wearily by England chiefs, as it cuts across the start of the English home season and international programme.

But there has been a recent softening in the England and Wales Cricket Board's stance, with captain Eoin Morgan given clearance to miss the one-day international against his native Ireland in Dublin on May 8 after he was selected by the Sunrisers Hyderabad during last month's IPL auction.

Joining Morgan at the Sunrisers will be all-rounder Ravi Bopara, also a member of England's World Cup squad, and Kevin Pietersen.

England exile Pietersen had been among those saying the ECB's opposition to the IPL has harmed the development of one-day, as well as Twenty20, national side.

It is a criticism that was voiced again after England failed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup following their 15-run loss to Bangladesh in Adelaide on Monday.

The 26-year-old Jordan, a hard-hitting batsman, lively seamer and outstanding fielder has the potential to be a handy IPL player.

But he insisted the competition wasn't a panacea for England's one-day ills.

"Most people would like the opportunity," he said Wednesday.

"Do I feel disadvantaged? It's hard to say because I haven't played in that league to know how it would effect my game.

"Playing in those leagues do improve cricketers and if I do get the opportunity I'd love to play."

Barbados-born Jordan is set to feature when England round off their miserable World Cup campaign with a 'meaningless' Pool A match against World Cup newcomers Afghanistan in Sydney on Friday.

And he was adamant there was no need for a complete clear-out of either the coaching or playing staffs to get England back to being a one-day force after a World Cup where they've lost all their matches against fellow Test nations.

"There's loads of talent not just in that dressing room but in the whole of England," he said.

"We've beaten some good teams in the past and we will beat good teams in the future. I don't think there needs to be wholesale changes."


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