Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz set to replace Jason Roy in Gujarat Titans for IPL 2022: One of the two new Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises, Gujarat Titans (GT) will in all its likelihood be naming Afghanistan’s opener batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz as the replacement for English opener Jason Roy for the upcoming Tata IPL 2022.
It’s noteworthy that Jason Roy pulled out of the fifteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) citing bubble fatigue and family reasons. GT acquired the services of the English opener by spending INR 2 Crores during the Tata IPL 2022 Mega Auction.
Gurbaz who is an explosive T20 opener wicket-keeper batter, possess a healthy strike rate of 150 plus in the shortest format. He is also a wicketkeeper which makes him a multi-utility player.
Moreover, it has been learnt that Rahmanullah Gurbaz is not a like-for-like replacement for the English hard-hitter, however, the Gujarat Titans (GT) is worried about the ongoing issue with Wriddhiman Saha.
GT has kept Wriddhiman Saha as a first choice wicketkeeper batter in the side, however, the team doesn’t have another viable backup for the veteran glovesman owing to which they opted for Roy’s replacement in Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
The franchise has the likes of experienced Matthew Wade, who can keep the wickets, however, he won’t be available to play in the TATA IPL 2022 until March 6 due to Cricket Australia’s policies. All the Australian cricketers will be cleared to feature in the IPL from the second week.
Gujarat Titans is yet to announce the replacement with its formal statement, however, sources who have their ear close to the team have confirmed the report.
The Afghan cricketer has featured in various T20 leagues across the world including the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Lanka Premier League (LPL) and the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Meanwhile, according to the released schedule for the IPL 2022, Gujarat Titans (GT) is all set to clash with Lucknow SuperGiants (LSG) on March 28. The fixture will be held in iconic Wankhede Stadium, beginning at 7:30 PM (India Time).