KKR Sign Phil Salt as Jason Roy's Replacement for IPL 2024

KKR Sign Phil Salt as Jason Roy’s Replacement for IPL 2024

Kolkata Knight Riders Sign Phil Salt as Jason Roy’s Replacement for IPL 2024

With just weeks to go before the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have announced the signing of Phil Salt as a replacement for Jason Roy. The move comes after Roy withdrew from the tournament at the last moment due to personal reasons.

Roy, who was acquired by KKR for INR 1.50 crore in the IPL 2024 auction, explained his decision in a statement, stating that he needed to spend time with his family before embarking on another busy year of cricket.

“After much consideration, I have made the tough decision to miss this year’s IPL. Having been away since the start of January, I need to get back to my family and have a refresh before a very busy year ahead. I will be supporting my friends and teammates at KKR throughout the tournament and wish them the best of luck,” Roy said.

In response to Roy’s withdrawal, KKR swiftly moved to secure the services of Phil Salt, who had gone unsold in the IPL 2024 auction. Salt, an aggressive wicket-keeper batter from England, will be making his second appearance in the IPL after representing the Delhi Capitals last year.

Salt’s impressive performances in recent months, including two consecutive T20I centuries against the West Indies in December 2023, caught the attention of KKR management. His 48-ball century in the fourth T20I at Trinidad is also the joint-fastest for England.

KKR’s decision to sign Salt is a strategic move that aims to bolster their batting lineup. The English batter is known for his explosive hitting and ability to score runs quickly, which will be a valuable asset to the team.

With the addition of Salt, KKR now have a well-rounded squad that includes a mix of experienced players and exciting young talent. The team will be hoping to make a strong impact in the upcoming IPL season and challenge for the title.