Reports emerged that England opener Jason Roy is seemingly considering terminating his contract with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in order to ink a full-time deal with Los Angles Knight Riders. Reports suggested that the World Cup-winning opener has been offered a two-year deal worth around £300,000 (more than INR 2 crore 40 lakhs) by Los Angeles Knight Riders. However, he has now clarified that is not the case.
Jason Roy opens up on the speculations
Taking to his Twitter account, he issued an official statement regarding the speculation around his future with England Cricket. Here is the Tweet:
Please read. pic.twitter.com/FrKWhUn1aM
— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) May 25, 2023
It was noted in the report that if the 32-year-old eventually signed the contract, he wouldn’t be featured for Three Lions in the upcoming ODI World Cup in India. If Jason Roy decided to sign with LAKR, he would also become the first international cricketer to sign such a contract which would allow a franchise to take care of his schedule going forward.
Daily Mail had reported that ECB could give NOC (No objective Certificate) to Roy if the cricketer cancels his deal with the American franchise. The board has also clarified that Roy will be available for selection if he wants to be a part of the team.
Meanwhile, England will have their next white-ball series against New Zealand and Ireland in August and September and by then, the cricketer will be free from his duty in the United States and will be joining the Oval Invincibles for the upcoming edition of The Hundred.
In New Zealand, Trent Boult and James Neesham did the same, while few claimed that the England international Jofra Archer too has been offered a franchise contract by Mumbai Indians.