England batsman Jason Roy confident of landing Indian Premier League contract
Last Updated: 11/01/17 1:11pm
Jason Roy is confident he can land an Indian Premier League deal, ahead of England's one-day international series against India, live on Sky Sports.
Sam Billings top-scored with 93 as England chased down a 305-run target to win their opening one-day warm-up match against India A by three wickets, with Roy firing 62 at the top of the order.
Roy represented Sydney Sixers in Australia's Big Bash League and will look to snare an IPL franchise with the auction beginning on February 4.
The England and Wales Cricket Board will bring a new, abbreviated tournament to market in 2020 with eight new sides in place of the traditional 18 counties, and Roy is keen for the domestic format to follow in the footsteps of India and Australia.
"The Big Bash has set a huge precedent and it's an incredible competition so it'll be quite hard to follow, but it's worth giving it a try in England," said Roy.
"There's no reason why not. The crowds over there are ridiculous and the pressure environments are incredible.
"The IPL is on the same wavelength as the Big Bash, it's a competition I would love to be a part of and I've put my name in the hat.
"IPL is definitely on the radar and something I want to be involved in."
He added: "It's pretty basic, (in the IPL and BBL) they pull in big crowds, they've got incredible players playing and they've got good pitches and boundary sizes.
"It's not rocket science, they just do it really well."
The ECB is due to confirm a list of contracted players who will be allowed to enter the IPL auction by the end of the week, but details on how long they will be available may not emerge until later.
Sam Billings and Jos Buttler have been retained by Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians respectively, while Ben Stokes, Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan - the latter released by Sunrisers Hyderabad - are expected to join Roy in the bidding process.
Watch the first ODI between India and England live on Sky Sports 2 from 7.30am on Sunday.