Jason Roy has accepted a deal to play for Los Angeles Knight Riders in the Major League Cricket (MLC) competition in the US.
Why it matters
This is significant as it marks the first time a current England player has signed up for the MLC and highlights the growing influence of T20 cricket on the international game.
What the papers say
The Guardian reports that Roy prioritizes playing for England and hopes to continue representing the national team. The Independent provides details of the financial terms of Roy's deal and emphasizes that his participation in the MLC will not rule him out of future England fixtures. Both sources highlight the financial security and competitive cricket opportunities offered by the MLC.
How we got here
Jason Roy recently played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and has now been offered a deal by their affiliated MLC franchise, Los Angeles Knight Riders. He has decided to terminate his current contract with the ECB to pursue this opportunity.
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Jason Jonathan Roy is a South-African-born English cricketer who plays for England in all formats, and for Surrey County Cricket Club in domestic cricket.
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to its west and Scotland to its north. The Irish Sea lies northwest of England and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by