Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League 2018 due to a back injury. © BCCI

Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League 2018 due to a back injury. © BCCI

Pat Cummins, the Australian fast bowler, has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League 2018 due to a back injury, Cricket Australia confirmed on Tuesday (April 10).

Cummins was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 5.4 crore but didn’t feature in the tournament opener against Chennai Super Kings which his side lost narrowly by one wicket.

Cummins played 13 consecutive Tests for Australia after he was called in as a replacement for Mitchell Starc on the India tour last year. He has bowled 447.5 overs across all formats since the start of the last Australian summer.

David Beakley, Australia’s physiotherapist, said that it’s important for Cummins to take a break to prevent a more serious injury. “Pat experienced some back soreness during the fourth Test in South Africa,” said Beakley. 

“Follow-up scans have confirmed that he has bone oedema in his vertebrae. It is important that Pat has time off bowling, to prevent the injury becoming more serious and consequently we have made the decision to rule Pat out of the IPL.

“Pat will now undergo a period of recovery and rehabilitation and we will look to re-scan him in a few weeks to assess the healing. Following this, we will be in a better position to decide on Pat’s return to play timeline including participation in the limited overs tour of the UK.”

Cummins has a long history of back issues. He made his debut for Australia in 2011 but had to wait till last year for his next Test.

However, the 24-year-old played a key role in Australia’s 4-0 Ashes victory and was also the second-highest wicket-taker with 22 scalps in the recently concluded four-Test series against South Africa.

In another injury update, Dushmantha Chameera, the Sri Lankan pacer, has also been ruled out of the first three weeks of the IPL due to a stiff back. 

Chameera was bought by Rajasthan Royals in the auction but didn’t join the side. He will be assessed further for the extent of the injury and accordingly, a decision will be taken on his inclusion for Sri Lanka’s Test tour to the West Indies in June.