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‘Nobody should trivialise bubble-fatigue’ – Former India cricketer comes out in support of Jason Roy

By BetBarter Staff

March 1, 2022

England opening batter has pulled out of the upcoming season of the Indian T20 League. Roy has cited bio-bubble fatigue for pulling out of the 15th season. He was signed by new entrant, Gujarat, last month during the mega auction. The right-hander recently for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). During that tournament, a strict bio-bubble was followed as the Pakistan Cricket Board didn't wanted to take any chances with the COVID19.

Last year, the PSL was postponed due to COVID19 cases in different teams with players and franchises tossing the bio-security protocols. The tournament was completed in the United Arab Emirates in June. This year, the PCB has able to successfully complete the six-team tournament in January-February this year. Meanwhile, Roy played six games for Gladiators and amassed 303 runs averaging 50.50 and striking at 170.22 with one hundred.

Notably, the 2019 World Cup winner informed the Gujarat franchise about his decision a week before. However, the CVC Capitals Partners-owned team is yet to announce a replacement. Reacting to the scenario, former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has said that no one should trivialize bio-bubble fatigue and added that the teams always remember which player pulled out whenever they go into the auction table.

"Bio-bubble fatigue is REAL. Nobody should ever trivialise it. One could understand why Roy has pulled out of the IPL. That said…it puts GT in a soup. And IPL remembers who pulled out & when…and that affects future purchases of the same player. It’s not heartless but pragmatic," tweeted Chopra.

This is not the first time the South Africa-born player has pulled out of the cash rich league. In 2020, he was signed by Delhi but pulled out of the season due to personal reasons. That season was entirely played in the UAE due to high number of COVID cases in India.