Fast bowler Nathan Ellis, who became the first male player to score a hat-trick in the T20 this month during his debut against Bangladesh, has now reached an agreement with Punjab Kings (PBKS) to play in the remaining matches of IPL 2021.
Three IPL franchises chased Ellis for the upcoming tournament before finally agreeing to the terms and conditions of Cricket Australia on Thursday night.
The official Twitter handle of the Punjab Kings confirmed the development on Friday night.
Nathan ᴇʟʟ-ɪs’ n 👑
– Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) 20 August 2021
The decision follows two of their Australian imports – Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith – was excluded for the UAE leg of IPL 2021.
“We were only aware of the fitness status of Jhye and Riley yesterday,” Satish Menon, CEO of the PBKS team, told Cricbuzz.
‘We signed Ellis as a replacement. We’ll be announcing the second replacement in a day or two, ‘ added the CEO of the franchise.
“We are in talks with some players. Anil (Kumble, the head coach) will be finalizing one soon. ”
The eight-team IPL was postponed in May after several support staff tested players positive for COVID-19 amid a devastating second wave in India. There could be some new notes for the rest of the season as there were 20 Australians in the tournament when it was stopped in the middle.
🎺🎺🎺 – #VIVOIPL 2021 is back and ready to look at your screens again!
Time to find out how this big season ends, ‘coz #AsliPictureAbhiBaakiHai!
– IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 20 August 2021
The The cash-rich tournament will resume from 19 September, with the final on October 15 in Dubai.