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Broad to miss IPL after being ruled out until May

George Dobell

April 10, 2012

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Stuart Broad and Andrew Strauss have a chat, Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day, March 26, 2012
Stuart Broad suffered a calf injury in the first Test in Sri Lanka that forced him to fly home from the tour © AFP

Stuart Broad has been ruled out of this season's IPL in order to continue his rehabilitation from injury. Broad, who is contracted to Kings XI Punjab, sustained an injury to his right calf during England's recent tour of Sri Lanka. Broad also missed the 2011 IPL season after sustaining a rib injury.

Arvinder Singh, chief operating officer of Kings XI Punjab, said the franchise were "sorely disappointed over Broad's absence but will soon finalise a suitable replacement".

Broad's aim now is to return to cricket with Nottinghamshire in early May. He will train at Trent Bridge and receive regular assessments from the ECB's medical staff. It is, at present, anticipated that he will return to duty in the County Championship against Middlesex at Trent Bridge May 9. Broad is also contracted to Kings XI Punjab for the 2013 season, subject to England commitments.

Under the terms of Broad's central contract with the ECB, he had originally been due to return to from IPL duty on May 5. Any England centrally contracted player appearing in the IPL - including Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan - is monitored by the ECB's medical staff who keep in touch with the franchises to oversee the treatment of niggles and adherence to any predefined programmes.

The workload of Broad is beginning to concern the England team management. Broad, 25, is a member of the England squad in all three formats of the game and has suffered a series of injuries over the last 18 months. A stomach muscle strain ruled him out of three Ashes Tests in Australia before a rib injury curtailed his World Cup campaign. Towards the end of the English season he then damaged his shoulder and missed the end of the India home series and Twenty20 matches against West Indies, plus the return contest in India during October which meant Graeme Swann was required as a stand-in T20 captain.

The ECB have also announced the availability of the rest of the squad that toured Sri Lanka. While some players, such as Monty Panesar, Ravi Bopara, Steve Davies and James Tredwell will be available for this week's round of championship games, others - such as James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Alastair Cook - will be rested until the start of May.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by grizzle on (April 12, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

Nice! He can spend his energy on real cricket instead! And @rupam1842: you clearly did not see Broad destroy the Indian team in the tests in England last summer.

Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (April 11, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

@rupam1842: 'again' is not the appropriate word. As far as I am aware 'some unknown' batsman has never hit Broad for 6 sixes in an over. The only batsman to have done this was Yuvraj Singh in 2007, who had at the time been an international player for four years, and thus was at the time very well-known to any cricket watcher who bothers to pay attention.

Posted by cricket522 on (April 11, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

I hope Bairstow gets the place. Morgan cares nothing about Middlesex he is a mercenary , in fact I would tear up any of the players contracts if they went to play in the IPL during the domestic season

Posted by akashhaque on (April 11, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

Punjub shud buy Bangladeshi pacer Mashrafee immediately. He is in very good touch now, can be also a handy batter at the end of the innings.

Posted by GoCho on (April 11, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

@Rupam, your comments made my day. Have you forgotten the trent bridge test match where he tormented us with the bat first and then took a hatrick? Funny how we Indians quickly forget our recent disgraceful performances but remember a t20 match 5 yrs ago!!

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (April 11, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

@nzcricket174, Broad is most likely to be fit for the first test on May 17th and is likley to get a run out in a FC match at the start of may......@rupam1842, so he went for 6 6's once, but last year he took 25 test Wickets @13.8 against the self proclaimed best batting attack in cricket (India) last year, I'd say thats an improvement.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (April 11, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Terrible news for both England and the IPL. England are without one of their best bowlers and we won't get to see 6 sixes this year in the IPL.

Posted by Bruisers on (April 11, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

@rupam1842 - LOL. Looks like you haven't been watching any England matches lately. He is one of the best T20 bowlers at the moment.. He is not the captain of Engand T20 team for no reason..

Posted by rupam1842 on (April 11, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

Would have been hilarious if some unknown batsmen blasted him for 6 6's again.. Class shows, whatever the format and Broad isn't that good.

Posted by Meety on (April 11, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

I would say it is good news for England that he is not playing in the IPL. Broad is starting to get a reputation for injuries, (at least they are not stress fractures), & there would be no gain for him playing in the IPL other than as a sorte before the test series.

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