BBL storm joins Punjab Kings in place of Johnny Bairstow, rains fire with bat

New Delhi: Indian Premier League 2023 is scheduled to start from 31st March. The first match of the league will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans. Meanwhile, the Punjab Kings team has informed about a major reshuffle in their squad. Punjab Kings have included Australian stormy batsman Matthew Short just before the start of the league. Matthew Short has displayed explosive batting in the Big Bash League 2022-23. Matthew Short is the second Australian player who has got a place in the Punjab Kings team. Before Matthew Short, Punjab had included Australian fast bowler Nathan Ellis in their camp. Big Bash League 2022-23 has been great for 27-year-old Matthew Short. He scored 450 runs in the entire season at a strike rate of 144. Matthew Short is an opening batsman. Apart from batting, Short is also a part-time spinner, so that Punjab Kings will get options in bowling as well.

Matthew Short plays for the Adelaide Strikers in the BBL. However, despite his strong performance, his team could not make it to the playoffs last season.

Bairstow was injured while playing golf

Punjab Kings have suffered a major setback due to Johnny Bairstow not playing in IPL 2023. Bairstow was injured while playing golf last year, due to which he broke his leg. Although he is preparing to recover from the injury, but in the meantime, when it came to playing in the IPL, the England Cricket Board did not give him NOC, due to which he was ruled out of the league.

ECB has taken this decision keeping in mind its upcoming international schedule. ODI World Cup is to be played in India this year. In such a situation, the ECB does not want to take any kind of risk.

IPL Punjab’s first match with KKR

At the same time, in the Indian Premier League, the Punjab Kings team will take on KKR for their first match. Punjab will play its first match at home ground PCA Stadium Mohali. This match between the two teams will be played on 1 April.

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