Jason Roy withdrew from IPL despite being purchased by Gujarat Titans


The Gujarat Titans, one of the two new clubs in the Indian Premier League, suffered a major setback when opening batter Jason Roy withdrew due to bio-bubble exhaustion. Roy is alleged to have notified the club of his choice last week after being purchased for INR 2 crore at the IPL 2022 mega auction last month.

Following the firing of David Warner, Roy was assigned the starting berth at Surnisers Hyderabad and had a solid IPL 2021 season. Gujarat appeared to have gotten a good deal at the auction, as the organization paid his base price. However, because of Roy's decision, the squad will now have to find a substitute.

Roy recently had a strong showing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), amassing 303 runs in just six games. Despite playing a small amount of games, he was the top-scoring hitter for the Quetta Gladiators and one of the tournament's top scorers.

With an average of 50.50 and a strike rate of 170.22, Roy appeared to be in top form for the 15th edition of the IPL before his pullout.

Roy, who recently welcomed his second kid, would have had to spend more than two months away from his family if he had played in the IPL 2022. The 15th edition of the league will kick out on March 26 and end on May 29.

This isn't the first time Roy has declined to play in an IPL season after being purchased at auction. It has been reported that a similar incident happened just a couple of years ago. In the IPL 2020 auction, he was purchased by Delhi Capitals for INR 1.5 crore, however, he decided not to stay.

Since the Covid 19 outbreak, a number of players have withdrawn from the IPL late or even midway through due to bio-bubble fatigue. The Gujarat Titans now face the difficult task of substituting Roy before the start of the new season.