English Stars Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy In Contact With Franchises To Fetch BBL 2020 Contracts

At least three English batsmen; Jonny Bairstow, Jos Roy and Dawid Malan are in touch with Big Bash League (BBL 2020) franchises to ink deals. According to the ESPNcricinfo, England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow is expected to feature in the Melbourne Stars for a brief season. However, his appearance is further subjected to England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) commitments. Besides, ranked fifth in Twenty20 cricket Dawid Malan, who has done exceedingly well against Pakistan — and recently against Australia, also confirmed that he is set to join the BBL. Some contact with one of the clubs: Dawid Malan on BBL 2020

English Stars Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy In Contact With Franchises To Fetch BBL 2020 Contracts

At least three English batsmen; Jonny Bairstow, Jos Roy and Dawid Malan are in touch with Big Bash League (BBL 2020) franchises to ink deals.

According to the ESPNcricinfo, England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow is expected to feature in the Melbourne Stars for a brief season. However, his appearance is further subjected to  (ECB) commitments.

Besides, ranked fifth in Twenty20 cricket Dawid Malan, who has done exceedingly well against Pakistan — and recently against Australia, also confirmed that he is set to join the BBL.

Some contact with one of the clubs: Dawid Malan on BBL 2020

Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan
Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

However, regarding Malan, there is no announcement regarding which club he will join to feature in the BBL.

“There has been some contact with one of the clubs. That’s still ongoing at the moment so hopefully, we can finish and finalise that soon and hopefully that can get announced. I don’t know if I’m allowed yet [to say which club], so I’ll sit on the fence with that one,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Dawid Malan as saying.

On the other hand, another English opener Jason Roy has shown keen interest to take part in Australia’s lucrative league. He had some experience of featuring in the BBL and had been to Australia on a number of occasions.

Moreover, the reports suggested that Alex Hales might strike a deal with the Sydney Thunder. In addition to it, Hobart Hurricanes had already expressed their interest in young and lanky pacer, Jofra Archer.

It is important to maintain that the tenth edition of the BBL will kick-off in December 2020.

Nevertheless, England team is scheduled to tour South Africa for limited-overs series, however, many English players are expected to partake in the major part of the BBL despite COVID-19 pandemic.

The impediment on contracts for BBL has been recently scrapped and this would result in franchises opting to fill their overseas quota of players. So far Tom Banton and had their contracts intact. Banton represents Brisbane Heat whereas; Curran will don Sydney Sixers jersey in BBL 2020.

Following the lifting of the embargo, Daniel Worrall and Billy Stanlake exchanged their clubs; Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers.

Given the statistics, it was the fourth trade since the inception of the BBL in 2011.

Following a swapping, Melbourne Stars general manager Nick Cummins remarked that they are delighted to have Stanlake in the squad.

“It’s pleasing to see Billy sign for us, and we look forward to seeing him in action. We’re well underway in a number of our squad discussions, particularly as far as our international players go and we’ll be in a position to make announcements soon,” Cummins said.

Eoin Morgan sees BBL 2020 as an opportunity for English players:

BBL 2020, WBBL
WBBL and KFC BBL trophies. (Photo Credit: CA)

Earlier, England skipper Eoin Morgan maintained that BBL 2020 is something to look at for England given to the instability due to the COVID-19 which has impacted international cricket and their extended tour to India.

Morgan also asserted that it will help English players to push IPL franchises to have an eye on them following their performances.

“The IPL is going ahead, and we have a long tour to India which actually frees up guys to play a full Big Bash and then potentially put their case forward to be selected in an IPL in the new year,” Morgan addressed.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) is reported to spend whopping amounts in a bid to avail services of overseas players for the BBL 2020

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IPL 2020: Vijay Shankar Plans A Major Tweak In His Bowling Action In The Tournament

Vijay Shankar, the Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder, has revealed that he has decided to tweak his bowling action to make a bigger impact on the game in the new season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 29-year-old stated that he wants to make a bigger contribution to his franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and share the burden of the bowling attack besides focusing on his fitness during the lockdown. Vijay Shankar had only picked up 2 wickets and is now keen to improve on the bowling front. He has also scored 557 runs averaging 30.94 in 33 matches. But he averages a

IPL 2020: Vijay Shankar Plans A Major Tweak In His Bowling Action In The Tournament

Vijay Shankar, the Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder, has revealed that he has decided to tweak his bowling action to make a bigger impact on the game in the new season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 29-year-old stated that he wants to make a bigger contribution to his franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and share the burden of the bowling attack besides focusing on his fitness during the lockdown.

Vijay Shankar had only picked up 2 wickets and is now keen to improve on the bowling front. He has also scored 557 runs averaging 30.94 in 33 matches. But he averages a high 73.5 in the bowling department while picking his two wickets out of which 1 came in 2018 and the other in 2019.

Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar, IPL, SRH

Vijay Shankar Keen To Make Bigger Impact By Tweaking His Bowling Action To Be More Effective In IPL 2020

Vijay Shankar has played in IPL in the years 2014,2017,2018 and 2019. In 2014 he played only 1 match while in 2017 he played only 4 matches. But he finally got a chance to wear the Indian jersey in 2018/2019.

Speaking to Times of India, he said:“Remaining fit was the primary focus during lockdown but once things eased up a little – I began focusing on all aspects of my game. I have always felt that I could bowl a little quicker and chose to work on increasing my pace. The result of the hard yards I have put in will only be seen when I begin bowling during a match.”

Vijay Shankar, World Cup 2019
Vijay Shankar injured while batting in nets

He added:“I am keen to make a bigger impact on the game and that’s the reason I chose to tweak my bowling. Having said that, batting and fielding hasn’t been left behind as an allrounder must excel in every facet of the game.”

Vijay Shankar has played 12 ODIs and 9 T20Is where he averages more than 25. He has picked up 4 and 5 wickets respectively and was part of the Indian team in the but was ruled out and replaced by Mayank Agarwal.

Vijay Shankar Ready To Bat At Any Position In SRH Line-up

Vijay Shankar is also prepared to play a floater’s role in SRH’s batting line-up. Vijay Shankar had batted at different positions for both his state Tamil Nadu as well as in the IPL. He believes that he has adapted to the changes and is ready to bat at any position that SRH needed him to bat. He said:

“Be it while playing list-A games for TN or in IPL, my batting slot has always been flexible. Initially I would have regretted not getting a slot (while playing for TN), but I soon accepted it and adjusted accordingly.”

VIjay Shankar

Vijay Shankar also said that playing as a floater has helped him understand the shortest format of the game even better than before.

“Now, I relish the role of a floater be it for my state side or in IPL. It has only helped me to prepare for a game better because the requirements for a No.3 spot are different from No.4 or 5 and so on.”

Sunrisers Hyderabad will begin their IPL 2020 campaign against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on 21st September.

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