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Lucknow Super Giants’ Mark Wood out of IPL 2022 with elbow injury


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The England quick picked up the injury during the first Test in the West Indies last week

Mark Wood, the England fast bowler, will not take part in IPL 2022 for Lucknow Super Giants, after picking up a right elbow injury during the first Test against West Indies in North Sound last week.

ESPNcricinfo understands that in a medical update Super Giants have received from the ECB, Wood has been ruled out of bowling for the time being. The franchise has not yet zeroed in on a replacement.

Wood had been picked by Super Giants for INR 7.5 crore (USD 1 million approx.) at the mega IPL auction in February. However, Wood’s participation in the IPL became doubtful once he had walked out of the drawn first Test last week after delivering just 17 overs because of an impingement in his right elbow. Wood, who had managed to bowl just five overs on the third morning before exiting the field, had attempted to take a fitness test – bowling six deliveries in the nets – before the start of play on the fifth day, but suffered “acute pain”.

An elaborate review of Wood’s injury is expected from the ECB later on Friday.

For Super Giants, the loss of Wood is bound to heavily disrupt their plans, given the limited overseas options in their squad. West Indies allrounder Jason Holder and Sri Lanka quick Dushmanta Chameera are the two other overseas fast bowlers on their roster, but Holder will miss the start of their campaign given West Indies’ Test series against England is scheduled to finish only on March 28 – the day of Super Giants’ first match, against fellow debutants Gujarat Titans. Chameera had missed the two-match India Test series recently due to an ankle injury, but has recovered and is available for selection.

Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo



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