With an elbow injury, England pacer Mark Wood has been ruled out of the 2022 IPL. Wood will not play for the Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL commencing March 26 after suffering a right elbow injury during the first Test against the West Indies last week, according to Espncricinfo.
Newcomers to the field At the IPL auction last month, the Super Giants paid Rs 7.5 crore for Wood.
At the blockbuster IPL auction in February, Wood was selected by Super Giants for INR 7.5 crore (about USD 1 million).
Wood’s participation in the IPL, though, was called into question after he walked out of the drawn first Test last week after only bowling 17 overs due to an irritation in his right elbow.
Wood had attempted to undergo a fitness test – bowling six deliveries in the nets – before the start of play on the fifth day, but had suffered “acute agony.” Wood had only managed to bowl five overs on the third morning before abandoning the field.
Given the Super Giants’ limited offshore options, the loss of Wood is certain to cause major disruptions in their preparations.
The other overseas fast bowlers on their roster are West Indies allrounder Jason Holder, Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis, and Sri Lanka quick Dushmantha Chameera, but Holder and Stoinis will miss the start of their campaign because West Indies and Australia are playing bilateral series against England and Pakistan, respectively.
The West Indies Test series against England is set to end on March 28, the same day as the Super Giants’ first match versus Gujarat Titans. The white-ball series between Australia and Pakistan will last till the first week of April.