‘It is great to be in the’ IPL auction, says Simon Jones

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“If I was to be a part of that I would be delighted”

England’s 2005 Ashes hero Simon Jones has announced that “it is great to be in the” Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on February 12 and 13.

Jones, whose international career was tragically cut short by numerous injuries, was released by Glamorgan in October.

“It is the biggest Twenty20 league in the world and the biggest players get picked up,” Jones said. “I might not get picked up and that is just the way it is, but it is great to be in the auction.

“The Indian Premier League is an awesome spectacle, it has always done well and the crowds they get is something to behold.

“If I was to be a part of that I would be delighted.”

Jones recently announced his retirement from first-class and List A cricket, but remains interested in playing domestic Twenty20 tournaments.

He is currently in talks with two counties about representing them during England’s domestic Twenty20 tournament.

“I am trying to remain as positive as I can, as I always have done,” he said. “I am in the IPL auction next week, which is exciting and if I get picked up I will be delighted, if I don’t, then so be it.

“I will move on and I am still in talks with a couple of counties and we will see what comes of that.

“I will know more in April, whether I move on or do something else, or carry on playing.

“I am 35 and I still feel as fit as I ever have and I look after myself better than 90% of players and I still feel I have a heck of a lot to offer.

“Hopefully, I can pick a contract up and keep playing for another year or two years.”

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