Tye pulls out of Gloucestershire deal

Andrew Tye finished with figures of 3 for 12 off his four overs BCCI

Gloucestershire have announced that their Australian quick Andrew Tye will not be joining them for this season's NatWest T20 Blast.

Tye signed to return for a second year but injured his left shoulder playing for the Gujarat Lions in the IPL and his recovery takes him beyond the timetable for the tournament, which starts in early July.

Head coach Richard Dawson said "Andrew went home to Australia and had surgery and now he's got to rehab his shoulder so that he can come back to full fitness. It's disappointing for us because he performed well last year, and for him because he was doing well in the IPL. We obviously wish him a speedy recovery.

"The Champions Trophy and the Caribbean Premier League complicate recruiting a replacement but we'll get our heads together and put a plan in place. If we go for a bowler to replace Andrew it helps to manage our bowlers through a tough period, and if we register a batsman it changes the balance of the team. We'll look at all the available options and do what is best for the squad."

Dawson also confirmed David Payne would not feature for the immediate future after having an operation to correct a niggle from a hernia.