England’s opener Jason Roy is all set to terminate ECB’s Central Contract in order to sign a full-time deal with Los Angeles Knight Riders. Reports further say that the swashbuckling KKR batter has been offered a lucrative two-year deal worth £300,000 (more than INR 2 crore 40 lakhs) by Los Angeles Knight Riders. Though Jason hasn’t signed a deal yet he seems to be interested in the eye-catching deal.
Jason Roy might choose Franchise Cricket over National Duty
If Jason signs the deal he may not feature for ECB in the Upcoming World Cup 2023 in India. By signing the deal he will also become the first International Cricketer to sign such a contract which will then allow a franchise to take care of his schedule. However, Jason is still ECB contracted player & will be in ECB’s contract until October much after the conclusion of the first edition of MLC.
One of the leading England Portals confirmed that ECB can grant a NOC to Jason Roy if he cancels the deal with Los Angeles KKR franchise. However, the board has stated that Roy will be there for selection if he wants to be a part of the England Team. Talking about England’s upcoming commitments, they are all set to lock horns with New Zealand & Ireland in the white ball series to be played in August & September. After the conclusion of the series, he will join the Oval Invincibles for the upcoming edition of The Hundred.
Players are choosing T20 Cricket over National Duty for a long time
Jason Roy is not only the first player who has opted to walk out of the National Contract. Trent Boult & James Neesham if New Zealand Cricket are the ones who have opted out of central contracts to participate in T20 leagues. Even Jofra Archer has been offered such a contract by the Mumbai Indians franchise. If Players opt out of central contracts then participation of prolific players in International Cricket will become an issue. Players need to understand their responsibility towards their National team & should put National duty ahead of monetary gains.
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