The troubles for Gujarat Lions don’t seem to end. After the injured Dwayne Bravo was recently ruled out of the IPL, Jason Roy, the aggressive English batsman, has hinted that he might leave the IPL midway if he doesn’t get to bat a lot, and join Surray for the ongoing Royal London trophy.
Roy, the stylish right-handed batsman, known for pristine shot-making, said in a recent interview: “I think it is probably a good idea to get my head round 50-over cricket as much as possible especially if I’m not really playing a huge amount out here in India, it is just a bit of a waste really.”
“I’m due to come back for the Ireland game and then after that I could have three games for Surrey before the South Africa series so that would be great preparation I think.”
Roy further stated, ruing the lack of opportunities at Gujarat Lions, “I’m in good form, but there is not much I can do about selection. I’m training as hard as I can and I’m taking the positives out it by getting ready for the English season. I’m definitely making the most of it and doing things that will benefit me not just now but over the next couple of months with the Champions Trophy coming up.”
Gujarat Lions have had a horrendous start to the season and won just two out of their seven games and could go out of contention if they lose two more. They have roped in Irfan Pathan as a replacement for the injured Dwayne Bravo and just when it seemed that they would shed off the loss and move ahead, Roy’s statement could be a bolt out of the blue and could ruffle the Gujarat-based franchise. Not that Roy has been an integral part of the squad, but he surely was an important customer for Gujarat’s plans.
Jason Roy is already in talks with Andrew Strauss who feels Roy needs practice in the 50-over format ahead of England’s games against South Africa and then the Champions Trophy, 2017, which England is set to host.