20.04. - Cricket
Jason Roy says he will be best served staying in England after May's ODI series, rather than returning to the IPL as originally planed.
Along with Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings, Roy will be returning from the Indian Premier League next month to link up with England ahead of two one-day internationals against Ireland.
The ECB has given all three players the option of returning to the IPL for the finally stages of the Twenty20 tournament following the conclusion of the Ireland series but Roy has revealed he would rather stay in the UK and play in the 50-over Royal London one-day cup.
The 26-year-old batsman has played in just three matches for the Gujarat Lions and feels he would be better off returning early to county side Surrey in order to get in the 50-over rhythm ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy in June.
Roy told the Mirror: “I think it is probably a good idea to get my head round 50-over cricket as much as possible especially if I’m not really playing a huge amount out here in India, it is just a bit of a waste really.
“I’m due to come back for the Ireland game and then after that I could have three games for Surrey before the South Africa series so that would be great preparation I think.”