Nathan Ellis has joined Punjab Kings
Nathan Ellis has joined Punjab Kings Image Credit: Punjab Kings Twitter

Australia pace bowler Nathan Ellis will join Punjab Kings for the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament, the team have announced.

Ellis, who became the first male player to secure a T20 hat-trick on his debut against Bangladesh this month, was named on Thursday as one of Australia’s three reserve players for the T20 World Cup, which begins in October.

The eight-team IPL was suspended in May after several players and backroom staff tested positive for the coronavirus amid a devastating second wave of COVID-19 in India.

The tournament is scheduled to resume from September 19 in the UAE, with the final set for October 15.