Twenty20 blow as Broad told he’ll miss IPL

ENGLAND’S 20-over captain Stuart Broad is set to miss valuable short-form cricket practice ahead of this year’s World Twenty20 after being ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League season.

Nottinghamshire paceman Broad, who flew home early from the recent tour of Sri Lanka with a calf strain, is not expected to recover full fitness until early next month, England chiefs said yesterday.

It means the 25-year-old will not be able to fulfil his commitments to play for Kings XI Punjab for a second consecutive IPL campaign, having been due to return from India on 5 May.

The prognosis also deprives Broad of valuable 20-over experience just months before he is due to lead England in the World Twenty20, which takes place in Sri Lanka during September and October.

Doctors anticipate he could make his comeback in the County Championship fixture against Middlesex at Trent Bridge on 9 May.

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board said: “Broad will be assessed regularly over the coming weeks with a view to returning to cricket with Nottinghamshire in early May.”

England have just four Twenty20 fixtures before the World Twenty20: one against the West Indies in June at Broad’s home ground of Trent Bridge, followed by three in early September at the end of South Africa’s visit.

Broad’s right calf problem is the latest in a catalogue of injuries. He also suffered an ankle sprain while in Sri Lanka after tripping on a boundary rope, and missed last season’s IPL through injury.

Late last year a shoulder problem kept him out of two Twenty20 matches against the West Indies before a rib complaint forced him to sit out the subsequent limited-overs series in India. Prior to that, a stomach injury prematurely ended his involvement in the 2010-11 Ashes campaign and forced him to miss last year’s World Cup on the subcontinent.