Jason Roy eyes World Cup spot despite forfeiting ECB contract

Swashbuckling opener Jason Roy has forfeited his contract with the England Cricket Board but remains available for international selection as he aspires for a spot at the ODI World Cup later this year.

Roy forfeited the rear end of his deal with the ECB after coming to an agreement to sign up with a new white-ball competition without jeopardizing his hopes of playing for England. The mutual agreement with the ECB means Roy can also eye a berth in the England squad at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup to be held in India in late 2023.

“I hope to play for England for many more years, that remains my priority,” Roy said in a statement.

“As a single format player with no central contract I wanted to take the opportunity to play this competition as there are currently no scheduling conflicts with England.

“It benefits me as an England player to play as much competitive cricket as possible.

“Just to be clear, my priority is England cricket, especially with a World Cup soon upon us.”

Roy played a pivotal role in triumphant World Cup campaign in 2019 but missed out on selection in the victorious squad at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia last year. The dashing right-hander is a regular feature in the England ODI line-up and has scored two tons from six innings against South Africa and Bangladesh in the format this year.