Bishal Mandal ∙ May 25 2023, 6:07 PM | 2 Min Read

Jason Roy Likely To Step Down From His England Central Contract

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England's aggressive opening batter Jason Roy is likely to drop his name from the central contract with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and sign a lucrative contract with Major Cricket League in the United States, which will kick off from 13th July to 30th July.

According to reports, the World Cup-winning opener is on the verge of finalizing a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Knight Riders franchise. However, this move could potentially jeopardize his position in the England squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup in 2023, scheduled to take place in India. As an aggressive opening batter, the decision to sign with the franchise might have consequences for his national team selection.

Jason Roy who is on a gradual contract with the ECB plans to step down from the contract in order to play in the tournament. Along with Roy, his fellow national teammate Reece Topley  would also like to join on the decision. But Topley's decision relies on his fitness after he suffered from a shoulder surgery last month.

Consequently, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has decided not to issue No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) that would permit contracted players to participate in the MLC. It is highly improbable that players under full white-ball contracts would negotiate their release to play in the United States. However, this decision could financially benefit those on incremental contracts, as opting to play in the MLC could be a lucrative opportunity for them.

The Major League Cricket (MLC) is set to take place at Grand Prairie Stadium in Texas. This cricket league has garnered substantial support from India and Australia, as four out of the six franchises boast investors who also own teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL).