IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings' Mitchell Santner to miss action due to 'bone defect' in knee

The in-form Santner had been picked up by CSK during the IPL auctions for Rs 50 lakh and was expected to play a key role for the team.

PTI, March 14, 2018

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will miss the services of Mitchell Santner in the upcoming IPL season as the New Zealand all-rounder has been ruled out of action for about nine months due to a bone defect in his knee and requires a surgery.

Santner was omitted from his country's Test team after scans showed he needed a surgery. New Zealand Cricket said Santner felt some discomfort while playing and scans showed a "bone defect" had deteriorated.

Left-arm all-rounder Mitchell Santner will also miss the Test series against England.  Getty Images/ File

Left-arm all-rounder Mitchell Santner will also miss the Test series against England. Getty Images/ File

The in-form Santner had been picked up by CSK during the IPL auctions for Rs 50 lakh and was expected to play a key role for the team.

"It is too early to decide now. We will take a call on the replacement for Santner in due course after consulting with the head coach (Stephen Fleming) and captain (MS Dhoni)," a CSK official told PTI.

The Kiwi will also miss the upcoming Test series against England. Coach Mike Hesson said the left-arm all-rounder will be missed in the Test series.

"Mitchell is a key player in all three formats for us, so we'll certainly miss him in the upcoming series," Hesson said.

"It's important though that he gets this fixed and we have him back for what is a big next 18 months for us."

In his absence, BJ Watling, who is returning from a hip injury, is likely to keep wickets against England. Spinning all-rounder Todd Astle has also been called into the squad as a like-for-like replacement for Santner.

With inputs from AFP

Updated Date: Mar 14, 2018





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