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IPL 2024: Jason Roy pulls out, KKR name Phil Salt as replacement

Despite his notable performances during the forgettable 2023 season for DC, Salt went unsold in the IPL 2024 auction, held last year in Dubai.

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), two-time champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL), have announced the inclusion of England wicketkeeper-batter Phil Salt as a replacement for Jason Roy for the upcoming 2024 IPL season, which commences on March 22.

The IPL released a statement informing that Jason Roy has withdrawn from the upcoming 2024 edition due to personal reasons, prompting Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to sign Phil Salt as his replacement. Roy had joined KKR during IPL 2023 as a replacement for Shreyas Iyer, who was sidelined due to a lower back injury, and Shakib Al Hasan, who was unavailable for the season.

Jason Roy in action for KKR in IPL 2023

During his time with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2023, Jason Roy amassed 285 runs in eight matches, boasting an average of 35.63 and a striking strike rate of 151.60. He also notched up two half-centuries during his tenure with the team.

Salt made his IPL debut in the 2023 season, representing the Delhi Capitals (DC), where he accumulated 218 runs in 9 matches. He maintained an impressive average of 27.25 with a remarkable strike rate of 163.91, which included two half-centuries.

Despite his notable performances during the forgettable 2023 season for DC, Salt went unsold in the IPL 2024 auction, held last year in Dubai. KKR acquired him at his base price of INR 1.5 crore.

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Salt continued to impress with the bat as he scored two consecutive hundreds in T20Is against West Indies in December last year. Notably, his knock of 119 runs off 57 balls in the fourth T20I in Trinidad marked the joint-fastest century for England and the highest individual score by an English batter in T20I cricket.

Ahead of the upcoming season, KKR will begin their main pre-season camp in Kolkata from March 15. The two-time champions will take open their campaign against 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad at their home ground Eden Gardens on March 23.

KKR squad for IPL 2024: Shreyas Iyer, Phil Salt, Varun Chakravarthy, K.S. Bharat, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, Anukul Roy, Sunil Narine, Vaibhav Arora, Chetan Sakariya, Rinku Singh, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Sherfane Rutherford, Manish Pandey, Ramandeep Singh, Harshit Rana, Suyash Sharma, Mitchell Starc, Dushmantha Chameera, Sakib Hussain and Mujeeb Ur Rahman