Melbourne, Apr 4: Australia fast bowler James Pattinson has been ruled out of IPL 2013 due to an abdominal surgery. Pattinson was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders. Pattinson is the second Australian to miss IPL 6 after captain Michael Clarke (Pune Warriors).
On Thursday, Cricket Australia (CA) announced that Pattinson will have surgery on Friday in his lower abdominal region. CA added that it was a "non-cricket related" medical condition.
In a media release, CA Chief Medical Officer Justin Paoloni said: "James Pattinson will be having surgery tomorrow (Friday) for a non-cricket related medical condition in his lower abdominal region that has been troubling him during the latter part of the recently concluded VB Tour of India.
"James has undergone tests and consulted specialists since returning from India, and it was felt that surgery is absolutely necessary at this time. The recovery times will determined once the surgery is completed but James is expected to return to training in approximately 4 weeks. His preparation for The Ashes is not expected to be affected but his availability for the ICC Champions Trophy will be determined at a later stage."
Pattinson is also in doubt for Champions Trophy to be held in England in June.