The 16th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to begin on Friday, March 31 with reigning champions Gujarat Titans taking on Chennai Super Kings in the opener. As the franchises prepare for the huge cricket funfair, a number of high-profile cricketers are poised to skip the event for a variety of reasons.
Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, and Will Jacks are among those who will miss the next season of the lucrative T20 tournament due to ailments of different types. Meanwhile, Will Jacks of Royal Challengers Bangalore has been ruled out of the league after suffering a muscular injury while fielding in England’s recent triumph against Bangladesh at Mirpur. Bumrah, on the other hand, is currently rehabilitating from a reoccurring back issue.
Rishabh Pant, the captain of the Delhi Capitals, was involved in a catastrophic vehicle accident on December 31, 2022, and is currently healing from the many injuries he incurred. According to recent sources, Shreyas Iyer will also miss the first half of the season due to a back issue. He was recently ruled out of the next ODI series against Australia in Australia after failing to bat in the second innings of the fourth Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test in Ahmedabad.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians’ Jhye Richardson is going to miss the competition owing to hamstring difficulties that he just had surgery for. Jonny Bairstow, England’s flamboyant batsman, also needed surgery after sustaining injuries in a strange golf accident in September 2022. The Englishman suffered numerous fractures to his fibula and it is unknown if he will be available for the Punjab Kings.
Prasidh Krishna of the Rajasthan Royals has been diagnosed with a lumbar stress fracture. Additionally, the bowler will undergo surgery, putting his participation in the 2023 ODI World Cup at home in October-November in jeopardy. In addition, CSK’s Kyle Jamieson is suffering from a back stress fracture and will miss the next season.