Tuesday 6 May 2008 

Essex Joy At Bopara Indian Premier League Approach

Essex County Cricket Club is delighted that Ravinder Bopara has been acknowledged by the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the offer of a contract over the course of the remainder of the tournament currently taking place in India.

The 23-year-old has been approached by an unnamed IPL side but has decided not to accept the offer in order to concentrate on his domestic commitments.

Essex First-Team Coach Paul Grayson told the Essex CCC website (www.essexcricket.org.uk):

“Ravi is a highly-talented cricketer with bat and ball so it was inevitable he would be wanted for a competition like the Indian Premier League.

“We appreciate the loyalty Ravi has shown as he wants us to continue the progress we have made here at Essex after a good start to the season.

“I believe he has made a wise decision because if he keeps producing the goods for us he will have a long and successful career with England ahead of him.”

Adding to comments made earlier to the Press Association, Ravinder Bopara reiterated he commitment to Essex and England when speaking to the Essex CCC website (www.essexcricket.org.uk):

“My first priority is with England. As a kid my ambition was to have a successful international career. All my cricketing idols have had successful international careers and I want to emulate them. My decision was made with England in mind. I’m currently playing well and with a Test series coming up (against New Zealand) if there was an injury to our batting line-up I’d like to think I would be next in line.

“(Being approached by the IPL) is a nice gesture – it’s nice to be known and wanted. But at the present time I have other responsibilities – to score enough runs to get into the England team.

“I’m glad if my IPL approach has made Essex proud. I’m a London boy but have been with Essex CCC for about 10 years so I’m Essex through and through now. I love playing at Essex and want to play for them for the rest of my career.”

© Essex CCC