IPL 2023 Breaking: Huge Blow For Punjab Kings (PBKS), Jonny Bairstow To Miss Entire IPL

IPL 2023 Breaking: Huge Blow For Punjab Kings (PBKS), Jonny Bairstow To Miss Entire IPL. Shikhar Dhawan-led Punjab Kings (PBKS) have some bittersweet days as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has stopped Jonny Bairstow from taking part and cleared Liam Livingstone for participation in the IPL Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.

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ECB Denied NOC To Jonny Bairstow

Swashbuckling England batsman Jonny Bairstow will miss the entire IPL 2023 as his cricket board refused to grant him a NOC (No Objection Certificate) to play in the world’s richest high-profile T20 league starting on March 31, according to cricbuzz website report. ECB, however, cleared all-rounder Liam Livingstone, who is coming back after recovering from his lower limb injury, to play in TATA IPL 2023.

The 33-year-old batsman Jonny Bairstow is recovering from a leg injury he sustained in September 2022. Since August, Bairstow who was bought by Punjab Kings (PBKS) for a hefty amount of Rs 6.75 crore in the TATA IPL 2022 auction, has not participated in a competitive cricket match.

The Punjab Kings team, owners which spent more than Rs 18 crore on the two English batsman, relied on them heavily. Punjab Kings (PBKS) bought Liam Livingstone and Jonny Bairstow for Rs 11.50 crores and Rs 6.75 crores respectively during the TATA IPL 2022 auction.

Sam Curran Will Be Available For IPL 2023

ICC T20 World cup 2022 player of the tournament, star all-rounder Sam Curran, who was the most expensive buy at the IPL 2023 auction in Dec, last year, will be available for Punjab Kings. PBKS spend a whooping Rs 18.50 crore for the fast-bowling all-rounder.

Punjab Kings will start its IPL 2023 campaign against Shreyas Iyer-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 1 at their home ground Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali.

IPL 2023 Punjab Kings (PBKS) Squad

Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Shahrukh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Liam Livingstone, Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Baltej Dhanda, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Taide, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Harpreet Brar, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Harpreet Bhatia, Shivam Singh, Vidwath Kaverappa, Mohit Rathe