Colossal update on Jonny Bairstow’s IPL 2024 availability amid controversial England player exodus

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England batsman Jonny Bairstow will play the full season of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. As per PTI reports, it is learned that the wicketkeeper-batsman will be available for all Punjab Kings matches in the tournament.

With the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 just around the corner, several England players have withdrawn from the tournament due to personal reasons. Jason Roy, Mark Wood, Ben Stokes and Harry Brook are not available for the tournament.

There were many clouds over Jonny Bairstow’s availability, especially with other England players withdrawing. The wicketkeeper-batsman, however, will play the entire season. According to reports, there were discussions between the BCCI and the ECB regarding the availability of England players after the Test series against India.

IPL source reveals that Jonny Bairstow will arrive in India On March 18th or 19th and will be available for Punjab Kings’ first match against Delhi Capitals. Speaking to PTI, the source stated:

“Bairstow is expected to arrive in India. On March 18th or 19 and will be available for the team’s first match against Delhi Capitals. on March 23.

Jonny Bairstow’s season-long availability will be a big boost for the Punjab Kings. The wicketkeeper-batsman has been a beast in white-ball cricket for any team he has played for and his presence will help the Shikhar Dhawan-led team regain its footing.

Jonny Bairstow missed the last IPL season with the Punjab Kings due to injury. His absence was quite evident as the team struggled to reach the first level. They tried several options but they didn’t seem to work. However, this time they will not face that problem.

The duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow will be one of the deadliest opening pairs in the IPL. Both with vast international experience, Punjab Kings will be one of the favorites to win the league. The wicketkeeper-batsman has also been a beast in the IPL. He has played 39 matches in the tournament and has scored 1291 runs to his name with a strike rate of over 142. He has also scored 9 fifties and 1 hundred.

Apart from the development of Jonny Bairstow, Punjab Kings will play two home matches in Dharamshala.

Apart from Jonny Bairstow’s development, reports also say that the Punjab Kings will play their last two matches at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala. Although there has been no official confirmation, things will continue like last season.

Punjab Kings will play most of their home matches at the new stadium built in Mullanpur, Mohali. Since 2014, the franchise has failed to qualify for the playoffs. This time they would hope to change their fortunes and win their first league title. They have some quality players in their ranks and have covered almost all the bases in the IPL.