Broad misses out on IPL
Article posted: 10 April 2012
The injury is a frustrating one - it's not healed as quickly as I would have liked
Stuart Broad has been ruled out of this year's Indian Premier League through injury.
Broad was due to play for Kings XI Punjab, but with England’s first Test against the West Indies at Lord’s just five weeks away, he will instead continue his rehabilitation on the calf injury he suffered against Sri Lanka in Galle.
The ECB said in a statement that Broad will be assessed regularly over the coming weeks with a view to returning to cricket with Nottinghamshire in early May.
It promises to be a busy summer for the 25-year-old. Following their clash against the West Indies, which begins on May 17, England host another three-Test series, this time against South Africa.
Broad, England's Twenty20 captain, will then head to Sri Lanka for the T20 World Cup in September, where the holders will look to defend the title they won in 2010.
"The injury is a frustrating one," Broad said. "I’ve got a problem with my right calf and also with my ankle from when I tripped over the boundary rope in Sri Lanka. It’s not healed as quickly as I would have liked.
"I was really keen to play in the IPL. It’s a hugely exciting tournament and I’m disappointed to miss out. But as a quick bowler I couldn’t go over there and not be right.
"It’s important I get my body right and 100 per cent fit for what is a hugely important international summer."