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According to a report, Jonny Bairstow, a prolific England batsman, will miss the entire IPL season this year as he was not granted a No Objection Certificate (NOC) by his cricket board. The 33-year-old player is still recovering from a leg injury he sustained in September 2022. In contrast, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has allowed Liam Livingstone to participate in the high-profile T20 league, as the all-rounder has recovered from his knee and ankle injuries. During the IPL auction, Punjab Kings bought Livingstone and Bairstow for Rs 11.50 crores and Rs 6.75 crores, respectively.
"Punjab Kings have some bittersweet news as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has cleared Liam Livingstone for participation in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) but has stopped Jonny Bairstow from taking part," a report in cricbuzz said on Thursday.
"...given the long injury lay-off, the ECB has decided not to issue him (Bairstow) the NOC for the season, which kicks off on March 31." Bairstow missed England's T20 World Cup-winning campaign and Test tours of Pakistan and New Zealand after sustaining multiple fractures following a freak slip on the golf course in September 2022.
First paragraph: According to the report, Bairstow is expected to be fully recovered from his broken leg and dislocated ankle surgery that he underwent in October last year in a few weeks. The 33-year-old prolific England batsman will, however, miss the entire IPL season this year as he was not granted a No Objection Certificate (NOC) by his cricket board.
Second paragraph: Similarly, Livingstone's 2022 cricket season was hampered by injuries, as he hurt his ankle during the Hundred tournament in the UK. The all-rounder has been out of action since December 2022 due to injuries, after playing the Rawalpindi Test. Despite this, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has cleared him to participate in the high-profile T20 league.
He was part of the Lancashire County Cricket Club's off-season training recently in Dubai.
The report also said that Sam Curran, who was the most expensive buy at the IPL auction earlier this year, will be available for Punjab Kings, who splurged Rs 18.50 crore for the fast bowling all-rounder.