Batsman Jason Roy has terminated an incremental contract with England to play in the inaugural edition of Major League Cricket in the United States of America.
Roy, however, countered recent reports that a stint with the Los Angeles Knight Riders in MLC will end an England career that started in 2014 – and has since accumulated five Tests, 116 ODIs and 64 T20I.
“Following a bit of unwanted speculation over the last 24 hours, I wanted to clarify that I am not and never will walk away from England,” said Roy, who recently played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
“Representing my country continues to be my proudest moment as a professional cricketer. I hope to play for England for many more years, that remains my priority.
“I’ve had clear and supportive conversations with the England and Wales Cricket Board about participating in Major league Cricket. The ECB were happy with me to play in the competition as long as they didn’t have to pay me for the remainder of the contractual year.
“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.”
England are the defending World Cup champions after beating New Zealand in 2019’s final. They will defend the title at the World Cup in India later this year.
“Just to be very clear, my priority is England cricket, especially with a World Cup soon upon us. It is for me, and for any player, the greatest honour to receive a cap to play for their country,” added Roy.