Jason Roy explains the decision to withdraw from IPL 2022: Want to spend time with family

IPL 2022: Jason Roy said he wants to spend time with his young family, citing bladder fatigue for withdrawing from the 10-team season. The England opener was bought by Gujarat Titans for Rs 2 crore.

Jason Roy was bought by Gujarat Titans for Rs 2 crore in mega auction IPL 2022 (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jason Roy was bought by Gujarat Titans for Rs 2 crore
  • Roy said he retired to spend time with his young family
  • The Titans are yet to announce a replacement for Roy

England opener Jason Roy said on Tuesday he had withdrawn from the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) to spend time with his young family. Roy, who was bought by the Gujarat Titans in the IPL mega-auction, confirmed bladder fatigue as the reason for his decision to withdraw from the 10-team league from March 26.

Jason Roy, brought into the 2021 IPL as a substitute for SunRisers Hyderabad, had also retired from the IPL in 2020. Notably, Roy and his wife Eli Moore became parents for the second time in January 2022, welcoming a baby boy to their young family.

Roy took to social media to explain his decision and said he hopes everyone will respect and understand the circumstances under which he took the call.

Roy was bought by Gujarat Titans and bought at his base price of Rs 2 crore. He should form the core of the Titans’ top order, but the retirement of the star England batter means the new franchise will have to look at alternative options. The Titans have yet to name a replacement for Roy.

“Hello everyone, especially the Gujarat Titans fans and squad. With a heavy heart I have decided to withdraw from this year’s tournament. I would like to thank the management and Captain Hardik for trusting me and choosing me for the auction. But everything that has happened in the world in the last 3 years has added up and taken its toll on me,” Roy said.

“I think it’s only right that I spend some time with my family. Also, I’m spending time working on myself and my game over the next few months leading into a very busy year,” he added.

WILL SUPPORT TITANS TO LIFT THE TROPHY: ROY

Meanwhile, Roy said he will support the Gujarat Titans to win the IPL trophy in their first year and that he will follow every single game of the Hardik Pandya-led side in the 2022 IPL.

“I’ll be watching every Titans game and helping them lift the trophy in their first year of the tournament. Thank you everyone for the continued support and I hope you can all respect and appreciate my decision.”

The Gujarat Titans were drawn into Virtual Group B alongside CSK, SRH, RCB and PBKS. The IPL organizers decided to split the 10 teams into 2 groups of 5 each as 70 league games will be played across four venues in Mumbai and Pune.

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