CSK IPL 2023

CSK Pacer Suffers Major Injury, Likely To Miss IPL 2023

New Zealand and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) seamer Kyle Jamieson is doubtful for the IPL 2023 season because of a latest back stress fracture injury.

Two days out from the start of the England-New Zealand 2-Test series, starting Thursday, Kyle Jamieson has been ruled out of the series, and could face another extended period out of the game following a recurrence of his back stress fracture.

The 28-year-old had missed the last 8 months of international cricket due to a back injury which he’d picked up in England in June. Scans ahead of the first Test in Mount Maunganui revealed another fracture and the fast bowler will return to Christchurch for further assessment.

Jamieson had recently played in the Super Smash and then played for the New Zealand XI in the two-day warm-up against England. A timeframe on his recovery is uncertain, but he is expected to be out for weeks, which puts his participation in the IPL 2023 under a dark cloud.

Kyle Jamieson
Kyle Jamieson. Image-Getty

Kyle Jamieson was brought by CSK in the IPL 2023 auction for his base price of INR 1 crore. Even if Jamieson is fit by the time the IPL starts, which is either March 31 or April 1, it is unlikely that the Kiwi speedster will play in the tournament given this is a recurrence of his back injury, the initial one had already derailed his career in the past 8 months.

Kyle Jamieson played in the IPL 2021 for RCB, when he was bought for INR 15 crore.

He took 9 wickets in 9 IPL games, and scored 65 runs at a strike rate of 118. He then withdrew from IPL 2022 due to workload management.

CSK had brought him to stack up their pace attack. Jamieson was unlikely to start in the XI, with Stokes, Conway, Moeen Ali, Theekshana, Santner, and Pretorious also in the squad. While there is still a month-and-half for the start of the IPL 2023, CSK might be looking at some alternatives to rope in as Jamieson’s replacement.