England batsman Kevin Pietersen is to miss the Indian Premier League 2011 as he is due to undergo surgery on a hernia following the Cricket World Cup.
The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that Pietersen, who was diagnosed with the injury prior to the World Cup, will be ruled out of playing for the Deccan Chargers but is expected to make a full recovery in time for England's first home Test against Sri Lanka on 26th May.
"Following an MRI scan on return to the UK after the Australia ODI series a diagnosis of a hernia was established," ECB Medical Officer Dr. Nicholas Peirce explained.
"The nature of the injury is such that it can be managed for the duration of the World Cup. As the symptoms have been getting worse a decision has now been made that the appropriate course of action is for Kevin to undergo a routine operation upon his return to the UK after England's World Cup campaign.
"Kevin will continue to be managed throughout the World Cup and we would expect him to make a full recovery following a recuperation and rehabilitation period of approximately six weeks after the operation."
Pietersen added: "I'm obviously extremely disappointed to have picked up this hernia injury but I've been able to manage it so far throughout the World Cup and will continue to do so under the guidance of the England team's medical staff. It will no doubt impact my preparation but careful management should see me still play a significant role in the team's campaign.
"Representing England in a World Cup is something I've been looking forward to for the past four years and I'm excited by the prospect of helping the team achieve something special here on the sub-continent against the best teams in the world. I'm bitterly disappointed to be missing the IPL but can take comfort from the fact that I will be fit for the start of a very exciting English summer against Sri Lanka and India."
Pietersen was bought by the Chargers for $650,000 at an auction ahead of the fourth season of the Indian Premier League. He had previously represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009 and 2010.
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