Jason Roy played for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 season earlier this year. His performance was good, however, a little bit more was expected out of him. He scored 233 runs in eight innings at a strike rate of 120. Recently, the team’s owner talked about his performance and also said that the English opener would break his bats due to frustration of getting out.
The owner of the Quetta Gladiators, Nadeem Omar, revealed that England player Jason Roy broke all the five bats which he had brought to Pakistan. He also added that afterwards, the team managed a few new bats for him with the help of Ahmed Shehzad, another Gladiators’ player.
“Very few people know that Roy broke all his bats, five to be exact, in the dressing room [in frustration]. We arranged new bats for him in Rawalpindi through the help of Ahmed Shehzad,” Omar said during a Youtube video.
I only took 3 or 4 bats to Pakistan, claims Jason Roy
The news was shared by Cricket Pakistan on their official twitter handle. After seeing this piece, Jason Roy tweeted back. In his response, he said that it is not correct. He revealed that his bats broke due to dry weather in Pakistan. He also revealed that he only had three or four bats with him going to the league.
That’s not correct. 3 bats broke due to the dry weather and using them in the nets too much. I only took 3 or 4 bats over with me to Pakistan.
— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) April 25, 2020
The owner of Gladiators during the video also talked about the struggles which Roy had during his stint at his franchise. He said that Roy had complained about not being able to middle the ball. The English batsman was opening the innings with Shane Watson and Omar feel they didn’t complement each other.
“Jason Roy kept on saying that he was not able to middle the ball while batting. Also, I think he and Shane Watson were not able to complement each other at the top of the order because Watson prefers the big shots while Roy likes to run quickly between the wickets in order to score runs.
“We also asked both of them to try batting lower down the order but they refused while citing valid reasons,” Omar added. Gladiators, who were the defending champions, failed to make it to final four in PSL 2020.