Christopher Jordan’s elevation to the England senior cricket team is not only being celebrated by Barbadians in England, but his success is also being hailed by the Republic Bank family in Barbados.
Jordan, a Barbados all-rounder, has been selected to the 14-man England squad for the five match ODI series against Australia, the first of which was abandoned because of rain this morning.
Jordan, whose grandmother is British, played as recently as the start of the year for Barbados but qualifies for England by virtue of family history. He has been living in the United Kingdom since 2006, first on cricket scholarship to Dulwich College and then to play country cricket under contract with Surrey.
Jordan’s mother Rosita, a Bajan-Brit, has been with the Republic Bank for the past 33 years and currently holds the position of secretary/administrative assistant to the managing director and chief executive officer. She and Christopher’s father Robert, of JR Jordan Services, jet off to the United Kingdom this weekend to witness their son’s performance in the series.
“Robert and I are extremely proud of Chris. It has been his dream to play cricket internationally all his life, although for the West Indies. But England is just as good as long as he is happy,” said a beaming Rosita.
“My children are very athletic, I guess they get it from both of us. We are a sporting family, and Chris’ sister Keisha also plays hockey for Barbados,” she added.
Jordan, 24, plays County Cricket for Sussex and this season was the first to take 50 wickets on the county circuit. A former Combermerian, he was a member of the school’s Under 15 and Under-19 teams.
Republic Bank has urged all Barbadians to join in