Mohammed Shami’s Absence from IPL 2024 Due to Left Ankle Injury; Surgery Scheduled: Reports

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Veteran fast bowler Mohammed Shami won’t be gracing the upcoming Indian Premier League due to a left ankle injury, according to sources within the BCCI. The 33-year-old, sidelined from the ongoing Test series against England, last showcased his prowess for India during the ODI World Cup final against Australia back in November. Despite enduring discomfort during his stellar World Cup performance, Shami’s injury has persisted, necessitating surgical intervention in the UK.

Shami’s journey towards recovery hit a roadblock despite attempts with specialized ankle injections during his recent visit to London. With surgery looming as the sole viable option, his participation in the IPL appears doubtful, as per a senior BCCI official who chose to remain anonymous.

Renowned for his pivotal role in India’s successful World Cup campaign, Shami’s dedication was evident despite his struggles with landing due to the injury.

Recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award, Shami boasts an impressive record of 229 Test, 195 ODI, and 24 T20 wickets over his illustrious decade-long career.

Questions now arise regarding the effectiveness of the injury rehabilitation program devised by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for Shami.

The likelihood of Shami’s return before India’s home Test matches against Bangladesh and New Zealand in October-November appears bleak, with his sights potentially set on the high-profile away series against Australia.

Critics suggest that the conservative approach adopted by the NCA may have backfired in Shami’s case, advocating for a more decisive stance, emphasizing the importance of his presence for the Indian team, especially during crucial encounters like the upcoming series in Australia.

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