Joyce casts doubt over Irish future by rejecting deal
Ed Joyce has cast doubt on his medium-term future by turning down a two-year contract offer from Cricket Ireland in favour of keeping his options open after the 2016 domestic season.
While the 37-year-old still holds a burning desire to play Test cricket for Ireland, he recently gave up the captaincy of Sussex and has moved his family back to Dublin.
Joyce was the one notable omission from a list of 10 team-mates awarded two-year deals by Cricket Ireland yesterday but his name was found among a further eight players granted one-year central contracts.
"Ed was offered two years, but is keen to decide on his future before committing longer-term, which we entirely understand," said performance director Richard Holdsworth.
Joyce will be desperate to take part in the remaining four InterContinental Cup matches over the next 21 months (he has 853 runs at an average of 94.8 in the competition) plus the Test Challenge which follows - should Ireland top the table - leading it is hoped to an inaugural Test in 2019
Joyce has already retired from T20 cricket in a bid to prolong his career so will be missing when Ireland take on Papua New Guinea today in the first of three internationals in Townsville.