London - England chiefs have given Chris
Jordan the go-ahead to play in the lucrative Twenty20 Indian Premier League
even though it means the all-rounder may not be available for test duty.
Sussex paceman Jordan is set to fly out to
India later this week after being called up as the Royal Challengers
Bangalore's replacement overseas player, with former Australia fast bowler
Mitchell Johnson yet to recover from a foot injury.
Jordan enhanced his reputation as a
white-ball 'death' bowler during England's recent run to the World Twenty20 final
at Kolkata's Eden Gardens ground, taking six wickets in a tournament where his
side finished runners-up to the West Indies.
It is nearly a year since Jordan, 27, made
the last of his eight test appearances but fellow seamer Mark Wood's ankle
operation last week might have taken him closer to a recall in the five-day
However, the IPL will still be in progress
when England begin their home test season against Sri Lanka at Headingley next
Until recently, the England and Wales
Cricket Board (ECB) barred players from appearing in the IPL if that meant they
were unavailable for Test selection and this was one of many sources of tension
between officials and former star batsman Kevin Pietersen.
But under ECB director Andrew Strauss, the
former England captain, the board have softened their stance in a bid to help
improve the team's performances in limited overs cricket.
"We are happy to support Chris in his
decision to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2016," Strauss
said on Monday.
"Participating in the tournament will
be a good opportunity for him to further develop his white-ball skills and