England opening batter Jason Roy has explained his reason for pulling out of the upcoming 15th season of the Indian T20 League. Roy was supposed to play for new franchise Gujarat in the upcoming season. Notably, he had conveyed his decision to the franchise last week. However, his decision became public only on February 28. The right-hander had first cited bio-bubble fatigue to pull out of the cash-rich.
Now, the 31-year-old penned down an emotional post on his official Instagram account. In that post, he thanked the franchise for picking him but added that the unfortunate events happening in the last three years has made him feel like this is the right time to spend time with the family.
“Hi everyone, especially the Gujarat Titans fans and squad,” Roy wrote on Instagram. “It’s with a heavy heart I have decided to pull out of this year’s tournament. I want to thank the management and the captain Hardik for putting your faith in me and picking me in the auction.
“However with everything going on in the world over the last 3 years it’s added up and taken it’s toll on me,” he added. “I feel it’s only right I spend some quality time with my family. As well as spending time working on myself and my game over the next couple of months leading into a very busy year.”
The 2019 World Cup winner added that he will follow every game of the franchise and is backing his side to lift the trophy in their first season.
“I will be following each game of the Titans and backing them to lift the trophy in their first year of the tournament,” he wrote. “Thank you everyone for the continued support and I hope you can all respect and appreciate my decision.”