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Mon Apr 21 11:37:32 SAST 2014

Injured Southee pulls out of Champions League

Sapa-AFP | 20 September, 2011 10:260 Comments
Tim Southee of New Zealand bowls during the ICC T20 World Cup Super 8 match between South Africa and New Zealand held at the Kensington Oval on May 06, 2010 in Bridgetown, Barbados

New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee pulled out of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket series on Tuesday after suffering a knee injury.

   

   Southee, who recently won the ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year award, was to have flown to India this week to join the Chennai Super Kings ahead of their first match on September 24.

   However, he will now stay home for treatment in an attempt to be fit for New Zealand’s upcoming tour of Zimbabwe.

   “Tim has suffered some cartilage damage to his left knee while preparing for the Champions League,” New Zealand director of cricket John Buchanan said.

   “He requires further assessment to determine the seriousness of the injury but initial signs indicate that he is unlikely to require surgery.

   “A call on his availability for the Black Caps’ tour of Zimbabwe will be made closer to the time.”

Southee’s performance of the year award was for his five wickets  in eight balls, including a hat-trick, when New Zealand beat Pakistan by five wickets last December.

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