Rob Cross says he is out of Premier League mix and slams stupid Masters

Rob Cross has branded the upcoming Masters tournament “stupid” and insisted he isn’t “bothered” whether he is selected for the Premier League.

As is traditional at the end of January, the top 24 players in the world converge on Milton Keynes for the Masters, the official curtain-raiser to the darts season.

The tournament also offers players hopeful of landing a Premier League spot a final chance to impress. The top four players in the world, Michael Smith, Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price are already assured of four of the eight places while Luke Humphries is widely expected to be picked for the first time.

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Intrigue surrounds the other three spots, with a host of players, including Cross, in the conversation. However, the 2018 world champion insists he isn’t bothered about being selected, insisting he is enjoying extra family time as well as his darts at present.

He also derided the Masters, admitting it is a tournament he is rarely ready for.

“January is very quiet for me. I don’t practice. I get to the Masters and then I panic practice for four days, which is never good,” he told Online Darts TV.

“Then I think ‘wow, I’ve got four or five days to get ready’. It’s my own fault, I should be more professional.

“But I don’t get myself ready for that. Personally, I think the Masters is a stupid tournament and that’s the way it is. I’m not ready at the end of January, it probably takes me three weeks to pick myself up.”

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Pressed on whether he would accept a Premier League invitation, Cross said: “I’ve enjoyed my family time for the last year. I am where I am. I’m enjoying my darts more away from it, I’m not going to lie.

“If the invitation comes in, probably the only people to change my mind would be my sponsors. But for me, I’m happy where I am at the minute.

“I think I’m going to have a great year. The Premier League, for me, I’m not in, whether they pick seven, whether they pick four, whatever, I’m not even in the conversation, I’m not bothered.”

Cross begins his Masters campaign on Saturday against the winner of the first round tie between Dimitri Van den Bergh and Gary Anderson. The Premier League begins in Belfast on February 2.


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