England batter Jason Roy has pulled out of IPL 2022 citing the COVID-19 bubble as a challenge to stay in the tournament for a longer period.
Roy was bought by Gujarat Titans, one of the two new IPL teams for the next edition, for his base price of INR 2 crore in the IPL 2022 auction.
Jason Roy opts out of IPL 2022 because of bubble reasons- Reports
According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, Roy had informed about his decision to pull out from the tournament to Gujarat Titans last week. The franchise is yet to consider a replacement for the England opener.
This is the second instance where Roy has opted out of the IPL after being picked by a franchise in the IPL auction. In IPL 2020, Roy was picked by Delhi Capitals for his then base price of INR 1.5 crore but the Surrey player pulled out of the cash-rich league due to personal reasons.
Roy has scored 329 runs in 13 IPL matches at a strike rate of 129.01 and an average of 29.90. He has previously played for Gujarat Lions (2017), Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) in 2018 and Sunrisers Hyderabad in last season.
The England player went unsold in the IPL 2021 auction but was named replacement of Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for SRH after the latter made himself unavailable owing to personal reasons. He warmed the bench for the most part of the season only to play his first match against Rajasthan Royals in place of former SRH skipper David Warner, Roy scored 60 off 42 balls to help the team secure their second win of the tournament.
Jason Roy played in PSL 2022
The 31-year-old was part of the recently concluded Pakistan Super League 2022, he was the leading run-scorer of Quetta Gladiators with 303 runs in six innings. Roy scored a 57-ball 116 against eventual champions Lahore Qalandars as Gladiators chased 204 with three balls to spare and won by seven wickets.
Gujarat Titans will have to find an opening option who could pair with Shubman Gill at the top of the batting line-up. The franchise has the likes of Wriddhiman Saha and Matthew Wade to fill the shoes of an opener.