In what comes as a major setback for MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK), their star pacer Kyle Jamieson is set to miss the entire Indian Premier League (IPL) season to be played from March-May. Jamieson has suffered a back injury and will undergo surgery. The New Zealand pacer, who was roped in by CSK for a whopping 1 CR, will hence miss out on cricketing action for at least three to four months.
The setback for the tall pacer is a re-occurrence of an old back injury that he had suffered last year on the tour of England. Jamieson made a comeback from it as he played in New Zealand’s domestic circuit and even played a warm-up fixture against England in Hamilton. However, the pacer did not play the first Test after scans revealed his back injury.
"Kyle has seen a back surgeon and is getting surgery later in the week," New Zealand head coach Gary Stead confirmed. "It's been a challenging and difficult time for Kyle and a big loss for us. He has been fantastic when he has been around all of our sides when he has been part of them.”
"We just wish him well, and we will know more in about three to four months about what that end prognosis looks like for him. Surgery provides a quicker return to play and that's the encouraging thing for him. We want to give him the best chance of recovery because we know what a star he has been for us," Stead said.
Now, as Jamieson is set to undergo surgery, he will be out of action for at least four months. This means that the star pacer will miss New Zealand's home series against Sri Lanka in March-April, the away tour to Pakistan in April-May as well as the Indian Premier League 2023 season. He is expected to make a return in New Zealand's tour of England in August.