Former Test fast bowler Andy Bichel will miss the remainder of the Australian cricket season after surgery on his right shoulder Friday, Queensland Cricket said.
The surgery will sideline the 37-year-old paceman until the start of next summer.
Bichel, who played for Essex this year and was considering eight offers to play again in England next year, injured his shoulder throwing a ball while fielding during a club match at the start of the southern summer.
He elected to have surgery rather than continue to play at a reduced capacity this season, he said.
"It got to a point that while I could bowl, I couldn't bowl to the level I was happy with and I was going to be hampered with my throwing for the rest of the season, and probably my career, if I decided to push on without the operation," Bichel said in a statement Friday.
"I realise that some people might wonder whether this will be it for me but I'm firmly committed to playing again for Queensland and I believe I can be out there again, bowling as well as I have ever done."
Bichel played 19 Tests from 1997 to 2003, taking 58 wickets at 32.24 and is the second leading wicket-taker in Queensland cricket history, having claimed 463 wickets at 23.43.