In a big blow to Delhi Daredevils their star batsman Kevin Pietersen was on Wednesday ruled out of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a knee injury which he sustained during the ongoing New Zealand tour.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said Pietersen experienced knee pain while fielding in preparation for the four-day game in Queenstown ahead of the Test series, which has failed to resolve satisfactorily.
“Recent medical scans confirm an injury to the right knee with bone bruising and possible cartilage damage to the kneecap. The 32-year-old will return to England for further investigations and specialist review,” ECB said on its website.
Pietersen will not be available for the English side in the third and final Test against New Zealand starting on Friday at Auckland.
“The injury is likely to require ongoing assessments and possibly rest and rehabilitation for six to eight weeks. Pietersen has therefore withdrawn from all cricket including the Indian Premier League,” it added.
Daredevils will take on defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in their opening encounter of the sixth edition of the IPL starting on April 3 at Eden Gardens.
In 2011, Pietersen had missed the entire season for Deccan Chargers and was sold to Delhi Daredevils in the 2012 season without having played a single game for the Chargers.