Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

As a replacement of Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hassan, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) signed English batter Jason Roy on Wednesday.

“Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) signed England’s Jason Roy for Rs 2.8 crore for the IPL 2023 from his base price of INR 1.5 crore,” the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise announced.

Earlier, English batsman Roy has played in the cash-rich league. He was bought for Rs 2 crore last season by Gujarat Titans. However, the explosive batter withdrew from the league. He had also opted out from the 2020 edition due to personal reasons after Delhi Capitals bought him for Rs 1.5 crore.

Thirty two year old Roy has so far played 64 T20Is for England, scoring 1,522 runs at a healthy strike rate of 137.61 with eight half centuries.

Earlier, Shakib had opted out of IPL 2023 due to his international commitments for Bangladesh and personal reasons.

Notably, KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer has also opted out of the IPL due to an injury. In Iyer’s absence, prolific batter Nitish Rana is leading the side. It has been revealed that Iyer will miss IPL 2023 completely due to injury.