Rahmanullah Gurbaz Replaces Jason Roy In Gujarat Titans Squad

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Afghanistan batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz has been named as the replacement for England opener Jason Roy in Gujarat Titans’ squad, confirmed IPL on Wednesday. “Gujarat Titans (GT) have signed Rahmanullah Gurbaz as a replacement for the England batter Jason Roy for the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022,” IPL said in an official release.

Gurbaz, an Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batter, has played 20 T20Is, and has 534 runs against his name with the help of 3 half-centuries and a strike rate close to 138 in the T20 internationals.

Gurbaz, who joins Gujarat Titans at his base price of INR 50 Lakh, will be the third Afghanistan cricketer alongside Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad to feature for the franchise.

Gujarat Titans, who will be making their IPL debut this year, will face Lucknow Super Giants in their first game of the TATA IPL 2022 on March 28 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

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Afghan Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz Likely To Replace Jason Roy In Gujarat Titans: Report

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IPL 2022 - Afghan Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz Likely To Replace Jason Roy In Gujarat Titans: Report

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Gujarat Titans will in all likelihood be replacing Jason Roy with Rahmanullah Gurbaz, the hard hitting Afghan opener, for the upcoming Indian Premier League. Roy had pulled out of the IPL as he didn’t want to stay in the bubble for a prolonged period. Apart from having a 150-plus career T20 strike rate as an opener, Gurbaz is also a handy keeper which makes him a multi utility player. The most exciting aspect is the 20-year-old’s ability to clear the ropes with 113 sixes in 69 career T20 games.

He has played 9 ODIs and 12 T20Is in his short but exciting career so far.

Gujarat Titans are yet to officially announce Gurbaz as a replacement as they await the BCCI green light. But, it is understood that the team think-tank has taken extensive inputs from premier spinner Rashid Khan, who has also been Gurbaz’s senior in the national team.

Gurbaz’s entry could also solve another issue for Titans and that’s the keeping crisis.

Matthew Wade will only be available in the second week of IPL and the only other keeper in the roster is Wriddhiman Saha, whom they may be compelled to play despite not such great T20 record in recent times.

Gurbaz’s entry might lessen the worry of head coach Ashish Nehra and captain Hardik Pandya.

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Gurbaz has been a sought after name in franchise cricket having played for Multan Sultans and Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League, Kandy Tuskers in Lanka Premier League and Khulna Tigers in Bangladesh Premier League.

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