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Kevon Cooper to miss rest of IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 1, 2012

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Kevon Cooper, the Rajasthan Royals allrounder, has suffered a knee fracture and will be out of action for four to five weeks. Cooper, the leading wicket-taker for the Royals this season, was injured while fielding during the game against Delhi Daredevils on April 29. Rahul Dravid, Royals' captain, said that losing Cooper is unfortunate for the team.

"He has come in as a young kid and performed exceptionally well and done some difficult jobs for us," Dravid said.

Cooper, who was playing his first season in the IPL, had a dream debut as he picked up four wickets and slammed a first-ball six in the game against Kings XI Punjab. He played six games and totalled ten wickets at an economy rate of 7.25. He was bought by the Royals in this years' auction for $50,000.

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Posted by riverlime on (May 2, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

southpaw, mate, don't take this the wrong way but I think Cooper probably plays at a slightly higher intensity of workload than you might do. As a result the shearing forces acting on his knee joint MIGHT just require more tensile strength from his ACL. Also, as sachin_vvsfan indicated , sometimes a knee injury can include a meniscal tear, or a strain of one of the collateral ligaments, both bad news for the pounding a knee sustains in bowling. However, he has one thing on his side......he is still very young and should heal quickly. ......And for the Champions League...Barath, Simmons, Bravo, Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin, Cooper, Rampaul, Badree, Narine, Mohammed. This is in fact the exact 11 that won the WI T20 competition a few months ago. Good luck to all others.....

Posted by prakhar24 on (May 2, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

This is very bad for RR Cooper was performing well with bat and ball. Now Watson will be key for the RR. RD and Rahane should continue opening.

Posted by crikbuff on (May 2, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

One more victim of IPL. How many more careers will IPL destroy?

Posted by anton111 on (May 2, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Pollard, Bravo, Narine and Cooper. The IPL has seen what the Trinidad cricketers can do. But the IPL has not seen Lendl Simmons who is an aggressive opening batsman and useful medium pace bowler who can keep wicket if required. He has performed consistently for both TT and the WI. Look out for him when TT play in the champions league later this year. Look out also for Rampaul and Daren Bravo.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (May 2, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

Knee Injuries!! Scares me a lot. Destroyed the careers of Flintoff, vaughn etc. I am yet to recover from my knee injury (Grade 1 meniscus tear) that occured 6 monts ago Hope his franchise provide him all the support he needs. @suko99 It actually happened to malinga and in his own words" The franchise took care of me well when my own SL board dejected me and not included in central contract"

Posted by satish619chandar on (May 2, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

Very bad.. he was good while he lasted.. Luckily for RR, it happens at time when another all rounder arrived to maintain the team balance..

Posted by SouthPaw on (May 2, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

@riverlime: I broke my patella and damaged my ACL January 13 (Friday!) this year, but I am back in action since end March even though I am all of 50 years! So Kevon should not have any problems if he follows his rehab program strictly.

Posted by cric_freakNo2 on (May 2, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

Lost one gained one . RR is not so unlucky

Posted by riverlime on (May 2, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

His recovery depends ENTIRELY on whether or not the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is torn. If it is, he will have to give up on bowling. Also , if the Fracture line runs into the joint space, or if he mobilises on it too soon, it may not heal well. I wish him well, since he looks to be a promising cricketer and a likable fellow.

Posted by awesomemantra on (May 2, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

That's too bad he was playing well and bowling really well for RR . Hope it's not too serious . Will be good once he gets back into action .

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

Whatever may be the legalities of the contract, for the kind of commitment displayed by Cooper for his team, I am sure, the franchise owners will provide him all assistance required for a speedy recovery. Most of the IPL franchise owners are decent and sensitive human beings.

Posted by krishay on (May 1, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

I wish Kevon all the best and hopes he recovers well! He is an integral member of the Trinidad and Tobago and Rajasthan sides!!! He got injured giving his all to the Royals so hopefully they may lend assistance.

Posted by noplay on (May 1, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

suko99 is unbelievably rude. Kevon Cooper gives his whole self to Trinidad and Tobago and I am not surprised he does it for his IPL team. That is his work ethic. Those demeaning comments show a lack of respect for young players who work hard. I am sorry Kevon got injured but he will be there in the Champions League for Trinidad and Tobago giving 100%

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 1, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

OMG, what a tragedy! Hope he recovers fully. I wish him all the best. Sorry bro Kevon to hear this.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

Mr Suko99. Sometimes it is better to do your research before writing on things you have no or little knowledge of. Fact 1. Cooper will be out of action for the next 4 to 5 weeks means he suffered an undisplaced fracture ( nonsurgical ) and will only little to no rehabilitation. Should be available for The Champions League XII. Fact 2. Like all Trinidadians ( Bravo, Pollard Sunil Narine ), Cooper gives 120% in every game even practice session it's not about the money it's about pride!!.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

Sad for Cooper. He is young and should be able to play again. I hope that he is luckier than Nathan Bracken.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

maybe this means Shaun Tait will get a game at last!!

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (May 1, 2012, 20:20 GMT)


Thanks for trying to answer. So, let me see if I understand this better: 2. If a team has bid for a player and he is not available for that season, the franchisee will only have to pay a 10% retainer for having the player on squad and player gets paid on a per match basis.

So, does that mean that if a player is in the team but he is not selected he does not get paid? Does it mean that Glenn McGrath may not have gotten paid at all in the first IPL because he wasn't selected in any match or does it mean he got paid 10% or does it mean he got paid full amount despite not playing a single match?

3. If a player gets injured during the tournament, and the injury requires treatment, it is for the team owner to provide cover.

Understood. My question is what does that mean for the contracted player? Does he lose out on his earnings for the rest of the IPL? Let's say that we take 16 round robin matches and Cooper was only available 9, does he get paid 9/16 * 50000?

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

With proper attention and rehabilitation he should be fine to play again. It might take a while, though - could be up to a year of rehab, depending on the severity of the injury. He didn't destroy the knee, though - it's not like he got run over by a truck or something.

Posted by shawnsundar on (May 1, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

@Mr_Anonymous: Good question. Wish I had the answer.

Posted by Baccanalion on (May 1, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

1. If a team 'releases' a player , it will have to honour the contract and pay the player for term contracted. 2. If a team has bid for a player and he is not available for that season, the franchisee will only have to pay a 10% retainer for having the player on squad and player gets paid on a per match basis. 3. If a player gets injured during the tournament, and the injury requires treatment, it is for the team owner to provide cover.

Posted by suko99 on (May 1, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Dont worry he wont be there for the next IPL. I will no be surprised if this ends his career. But it's nice to see players putting their bodies in line for the IPL franchise ( and for 50k !!!! ) but not so for their own country. I hope this happens to L.Malinga !!!!

Posted by montys_muse on (May 1, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

@Mr_Anonymous: I recently saw an interview of Rajiv Shukla, the IPL chairman, in which he was pointed out that players play with injuries in the IPL which can get aggravated later on. So I guess that if any player misses out then he wont get paid, and probably explains Sehwag and Tendulkar playing IPL 2011 but opting out of West Indies tour. This is a contentious issue that the IPL will always have to face.

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (May 1, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

Does anyone know what this means in terms of the player remuneration? Let's take Cooper's case: When they sign a contract with a player for $50000, is it $50000 for 1 IPL year or 3 IPL years (which means its $16666 per year) or does it mean they are contracted to play for 3 years at $50000 per year. Also what happens in case of injury or non-availability of players? Do they contractually still get paid the same? I would think that atleast for non-availability, because the national team is playing Tests like Aus playing tests in WI or WI going to England and so requiring Kevin Pietersen to head, back, I would think they only get a portion of the money that they were able to participate in but I don't really know how it works. Can someone more knowledgeable explain this?

I know that franchise owners have discretion over player's remuneration but I just wanted to understand contractually what they have to do.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

it is very unfortunate he wont be playing...was playing vital role with his deceptive pace changes...

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

he has a bright future, wish him all the best!!

Posted by rama_krish on (May 1, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

I wonder if a fractured knee heals sufficiently for a player to resume a career. If not, then $50,000 is a big price to pay.

Posted by gtzshotta on (May 1, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

He was bought this year for $50k but for sure in next year's IPL he'll be really sought after. Poor man's Pollard, less as a batsman but better as a bowler.

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