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England T20 not in BBL, IPL league: Roy

Press Association logoPress Association 11/01/2017

England batsman Jason Roy says Australia's Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournaments are the best in the world, and England has a long way to go to replicate a domestic league of a similar standard.

Roy recently played four matches with the Sydney Sixers in the BBL and scored 92 runs (27, 40, 18 and seven) at a strikerate of 161.40, before departing Australia to join England in India.

The opening batsman will also enter into the IPL auction on February 4, looking to snare a franchise and further build his fast-growing reputation.

When such glamorous assignments are considered it is hard not to view England's T20 Blast as a poor relation.

It may have provided Roy, among others, with the platform and experience to hone what is now a high-class game, but it has been emasculated by endless tinkering and can appear bloated next to leaner tournaments.

That argument is not universally accepted but the decision-makers at the England and Wales Cricket Board have nailed their colours to the mast and will bring a new, abbreviated tournament to market in 2020, with eight new sides in place of the traditional 18 counties.

As a player at the vanguard of the short-form explosion, Roy is unashamedly keen on following in Indian and Australian footsteps.

"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, who is in India with the limited-overs side.

"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."

Roy cheerily confessed to a lack of interest in the complexities around revamping the English system - a mass of interlocking interests and often trenchantly opposed stakeholders.

Instead, the Surrey opener urged a simplistic approach that would perhaps draw weary grins from the likes of ECB chief executive Tom Harrison, who has perhaps pushed hardest for the T20 reboot.

"I don't know the full ins and outs of all that 'office' stuff but I can't imagine it being too difficult," he said.

"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."

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