South African batsman AB de Villiers is to play no cricket in the next six weeks due to a back injury, ruling him out of participating in the Champions League Twenty20 in India where he had been named in the Delhi Daredevils' squad.
De Villiers has a lower back problem which he has been struggling with throughout the ICC Champions Trophy and Cricket South Africa have decided he needs to rest in order to be fit to take on England when they arrive in November.
“AB de Villiers developed left lumbar pain, four weeks ago, during preparation for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament,” Dr. Shuaib Manjra, chairman of Cricket South Africa’s medical committee, explained.
“Despite extensive physiotherapy combined with anti-inflammatory and analgesic medication, his symptoms persisted and an MRI scan was done. He has severe left lumbar spasm and without medication was unable to move freely during the ICC Champions Trophy tournament.
“We have thus decided to withdraw AB from all cricketing activities for the next four to six weeks in order to allow for proper management of his condition and prevent further injury.”
He becomes the second South African to pull out of the tournament this week after his captain Graeme Smith was rested by Cricket South Africa and replaced in the Cape Cobras squad by Andrew Puttick.
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