Australia fast bowler Andrew Tye will miss this year's Natwest T20 Blast with Gloucestershire after failing to make sufficient progress from a shoulder injury.
The 30-year-old sustained the blow while trying to stop a boundary in the deep during his stint with the Gujarat Lions franchise in the ongoing edition of Indian Premier League and was subsequently ruled out of the remainder of tournament.
Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson expressed disappointment on the news and wished Tye a speedy recovery.
"Andrew went home to Australia and had surgery and now he’s got to rehab his shoulder so that he can come back to full fitness. It’s disappointing for us because he performed well last year, and for him because he was doing well in the IPL. We obviously wish him a speedy recovery.”
Dawson also highlighted the problem of finding a suitable replacement to Tye.
“The Champions Trophy and the Caribbean Premier League complicate recruiting a replacement but we’ll get our heads together and put a plan in place.
"If we go for a bowler to replace Andrew it helps to manage our bowlers through a tough period, and if we register a batsman it changes the balance of the team. We’ll look at all the available options and do what is best for the squad.”
Tye ended up as the leading wicket-taker for Gujarat Lions despite featuring in just six games in which he snared 12 wickets that includes a five-wicket haul and a hat-trick.
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