Star England batter Jason Roy has pulled out of the forthcoming season of the IPL 2022, ESPN Cricinfo reported on Monday. The batter has cited the challenges of staying under the bio-bubble that results in fatigue as the reason for him pulling out of the tournament.
New IPL franchise Gujarat Titans had signed Roy for his base price which was INR 2 crores (USD 266,000), during the IPL 2022 mega auction on February 12 & 13. He informed the franchise about pulling out of the 15th edition last week. He recently played in the PSL 2022 wherein he finished as the leading run-scorers for Quetta Gladiators with 303 runs in six matches at an average of 50.50 which included a century against Lahore Qalandars.
Roy had earlier missed the IPL 2020 that took place in the UAE due to left side strain during a practice session ahead of England’s series against Pakistan. As a result, Delhi Capitals had named Australia bowler Daniel Sams as Roy’s replacement for the tournament.
Gujarat Titans are yet to name Roy’s replacement, who was supposedly the option to open the innings for the side. In his absence, Matthew Wade and Shubman Gill are most likely to get the opening batting going into the tournament.
Roy is not the only player to have withdrawn from the marquee tournament. This year itself, Australia pacer Mitchell Starc pulled out of the IPL 2022 mega auction citing the same reason of fatigue under the bubble. In the previous edition, several international players had pulled themselves out of IPL 2021 in order to keep themselves fit and available for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions skipper Hardik Pandya started preparations for IPL 2022 and training alongside Abhinav Manohar, Darshan Nalkande, Varun Aaron on Monday (February 28).
Gujarat Titans IPL 2022 squad: Hardik Pandya (c), Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Abhinav Sadarangani, Rahul Tewatia, Noor Ahmad, R Sai Kishore, Dominic Drakes, Jayant Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Darshan Nalkande, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph, Pradeep Sangwan, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Gurkeerat Singh, Varun Aaron, B Sai Sudarshan