Security concerns in India prompted Brett Lee to opt for treatment on his elbow in Sydney, the bowler's agent has said. Lee, who plays for Kings XI Punjab, flew back home to Australia to get his surgically repaired elbow checked
"From a security point of view he'd prefer to be spending the time waiting in Sydney rather than Chandigarh,'' Neil Maxwell, Lee's manager, was quoted as saying in the Age.
The report said Lee was keen on returning for the third season of the IPL after receiving medical clearance from Cricket Australia (CA).
However, Anil Srivats, CEO of Kings XI Punjab, said Lee's decision had "nothing to do with security". He is expected to re-join the team on Sunday or a couple of days later, Srivats said, describing Lee as a "big sheet anchor" for the side. "There is enough precedence to know that this (kind of) stuff can always be cooked up," he said.
Lee was gearing up to play in the IPL, which he regarded as the first step towards making the Australian team for the World Twenty20 and the ODI World Cup in 2011. He had been training in India under the guidance of former New South Wales physiotherapist Pat Farhart and was in contact with CA's medical team since announcing his retirement from Test cricket last month. CA said the trip home was part of a plan to ease the fast bowler back to fitness before the final squad of 15 was named for the World Twenty20, which starts in the Caribbean next month.
Kings XI Punjab currently languish at second-from-bottom on the points table, having lost both their matches, against Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore.