Jason Roy has withdrawn from the IPL 2022 season. Citing the difficulty of remaining in the tournament’s bubble for a lengthy period of time. Roy was signed by Gujarat Titans for INR 2 crore at the auction. He informed the franchise of his decision last week. The Titans have yet to make a decision on a successor.
Roy recently had a solid outing in the PSL 2022, which was also played behind a biosecure bubble. Where he was among the best batters in the tournament and the leading run-getter for the Quetta Gladiators. They placed fifth in the six-team league despite playing only six matches. Roy batted 303 times for an average of 50.50 and a strike rate of 170.22. He has two fifties and a century en route to finishing second on ESPNcricinfo’s Smart Stats’ list of tournament MVPs.
Surrey confirmed Jason Roy will not play for them in the early stages of the County Championship season. He would instead take a brief indefinite sabbatical from the game to spend time with his family. in a statement released on Tuesday.
Roy has decided not to play in the IPL for the second time after finding a team during the auction. Roy was selected by the Delhi Capitals in 2020 for his then base fee of INR 1.5 crore. But he declined due to personal reasons.
The IPL will be a 10-team contest this year, with the league stage taking place in Mumbai and Pune. Although the IPL has yet to disclose the norms and protocols with the franchises. Teams will operate in a bubble during the season. Jason Roy would have to stay away from his family for more than two months if he were to be in the bubble during the IPL. This year, IPL starts on March 26 and ends on May 29 with the final.
Roy isn’t the first player to withdraw from the IPL due to bubble fatigue caused by the Covid-19 epidemic. This has severely limited movement in the last two years. Several players have previously withdrawn from the IPL. Both before the start of seasons and throughout the tournament, citing the necessity to be fit, especially psychologically, for key bilateral series and World Cups. The T20 World Cup will be held in Australia in October-November 2022, as it happens.
The Titans would have been Roy’s fourth IPL franchise, having previously represented Gujarat Lions (2017), Delhi Daredevils (2018), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (2021). He was recruited as a replacement for Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh after going unsold at the 2021 auction. Roy has 329 runs at an average of 29.90 and a strike rate of 129.01 in 13 IPL matches, including two half-centuries in his respective franchise debuts for the Daredevils and the Sunrisers.