Bangalore, Aug 26: Two days ahead of its start, Karnataka Premier League 2014 has been dealt a huge blow with the Twenty20 tournament's costliest player and main attraction Robin Uthappa's participation uncertain due to an injury.
Uthappa, who was bought in the KPL Players' Auction by Bellary Tuskers for Rs 5.3 lakhs, the highest bid in the league, is racing against time to be fit for the tournament.
KPL gets under way in Mysore on August 28 and runs till September 12. There are seven teams in the fray. The tournament is being revived after a gap of three years.
The 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman will be hoping to overcome his knee problems in time for KPL and also next month's Champions League T20 (CLT20). Uthappa is a key member of the IPL 7 champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). CLT20 begins on September 13. KKR's first match is on September 17.
Bellary Tuskers owner Arvind Venkatesh Reddy said today that Uthappa was undergoing rehab for his knee injury. He did not divulge any more details. It is learnt that Uthappa has not been part of team's training sessions due to injury.
Uthappa was to be a part of Tuskers' launch event at a hotel today in Bangalore but skipped as he was away for rehab.
Tuskers get their KPL campaign under way on August 30 against Bijapur Bulls in Mysore.