Mohammed Shami will have surgery in the UK to address the damage to his left ankle, which will prevent him from playing in the Indian Premier League next month.

Due to a left ankle injury, senior pacer Mohammed Shami will not be playing in the Indian Premier League next month. He will have surgery in the UK, a BCCI source confirmed to PTI on Thursday. The 33-year-old last appeared for India in the ODI World Cup final against Australia in November. He is not participating in the current Test series against England. “Shami was told to start light running after three weeks and take it from there when he visited London in the last week of January for special ankle injections. “But the injection didn’t work, so surgery is currently the only course of action available. He is about to travel to the UK for surgery. IPL seems to be a done deal, according to a top BCCI source who asked to remain anonymous.

Despite playing with pain due to difficulty with his landing, Shami—who took 24 wickets in India’s incredible World Cup campaign—did not allow it to stop him from performing well.

The 33-year-old bowler was absent from the vital away Test series against South Africa. It was anticipated that he would return during the home series against England. Shami was unable to return to full fitness in time to play in the current red-ball series, though.

With 10 years of experience, Shami took 229 wickets in Test matches, 195 in ODI matches, and 24 in T20 matches. He was recently awarded the Arjuna Award.

This raises concerns over the National Cricket Academy’s (NCA) injury rehabilitation management regimen for Shami.

Currently, it is extremely doubtful that the fast bowling maestro will be able to return before India’s domestic Test matches in October and November against Bangladesh and New Zealand.

The highly anticipated away series versus Australia might be his objective.

The conservative viewpoint of the NCA, according to those in the know, hasn’t helped Shami’s situation.

“Shami ought to have gotten surgery right away, and NCA ought to have made that call. It wouldn’t have worked well to just take two months off and administer injections, yet that’s exactly what happened. The Indian team would need him in Australia since he is a valuable asset, the source stated.