Chennai Super Kings have suffered a big blow ahead of IPL 2023, their new recruit, Kyle Jamieson has been ruled out of the cash-rich T20 league following a back injury. MS Dhoni-led side will be without the New Zealand pacer for the entire season of the Indian Premier League. This issue becomes a major concern for the four-time champions CSK, considering that there are still some questions on the fitness of their other star frontline pacer Deepak Chahar. The Kiwi speedster will miss three to four months of action as he is set to undergo a stress fracture surgery on his back.
Jamieson was set to make a comeback to the national team in the ongoing Test series against England but his plans were put to rest due to the recurring injury. Jamieson last played for New Zealand against England in 2022 where he picked up the injury. He was out for a couple of months before returning to action in domestic cricket.
Jamieson was picked in the squad to play in the two-match Test series against England. Trying to get back to match fitness, the 28-year-old pacer played some domestic List-A and T20 matches in January. In addition to that, he also played in the tour game against England but did not get picked for the first Test, which the hosts lost by a big margin of 267 runs.
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead confirmed that Kyle has seen a back surgeon and is getting surgery later in the week. He further added that it is been a challenging and difficult time for Kyle and a big loss for the team. Kyle has been fantastic when he has been around all of our sides when he has been part of them, said Stead. Surgery provides a quicker return to play and that is an encouraging thing for him. The team wants to give him the best chance of recovery because everyone knows what a star, he has been for us, Stead concluded.
CSK bought the Kiwi pacer for INR 1 crore at the IPL 2023 auction last year, but now the South-Indian franchise has to play without Jamieson. Jamieson has experience playing in the IPL, having appeared for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2021. With the RCB, the lanky fast bowler played nine matches and picked up as many wickets.
The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League will start on March 31st with CSK taking on last year’s champions Gujarat Titans.