In an Instagram post, England and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener Jason Roy has put an end to the swirling rumors about his future by dispelling speculation that he was considering terminating his contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Roy took to social media to address the “unwanted speculation” and emphasized his unwavering commitment to representing England, particularly in the upcoming 50-over World Cup set to be held in India later this year.
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Roy unequivocally stated, “I am not and never will ‘walk away from England’.” The 32-year-old confirmed that he has engaged in supportive discussions with the ECB regarding his participation in Major League Cricket (MLC) and revealed an agreement that allows him to play in the inaugural MLC 2023, provided he does not draw a salary for the remainder of his contractual year.
The explosive batsman expressed his pride in representing his country and declared that playing for England remains his top priority. He expressed his hope to continue playing for England for many more years. Roy’s statement aimed to clarify his stance amid reports that players with full central contracts from the ECB would be unlikely to feature in the upcoming MLC season, scheduled to take place from July 13 to 30 in the USA.
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While players holding full central contracts might face scheduling conflicts, Roy, as a single-format player with an incremental contract, aimed to take the opportunity to participate in the MLC. He emphasized the importance of playing competitive cricket, benefiting both his personal development and his role as an England player. However, he reiterated that his priority is England cricket, especially with the World Cup on the horizon, considering it the greatest honor for any player to don the national cap.
Roy’s clarification puts to rest the speculation surrounding his future, providing reassurance to fans and the cricketing fraternity alike. With his determination to continue representing England, the explosive opener will look to contribute significantly to his team’s endeavors, focusing on the upcoming challenges, including the highly anticipated 50-over World Cup in India. As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the tournament, Roy’s commitment to the cause ensures that England will have a formidable asset in their quest for glory.
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