Chennai Super Kings lose injured Tim Southee for entire CLT20

The 22-year old Kiwi seamer had joined the Super Kings squad this year and was expected to play a key role in the Champions League campaign Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Sep 20, 2011

Winners of last year Indian Premier League (IPL) Chennai Super Kings suffered a major blow ahead of their opening Champions League T20 fixture on Saturday as Tim Southee was ruled out of the competition due to a knee injury.

The Kiwi seamer had joined the Super Kings squad this year. He played a major role in New Zealand’s victory over Pakistan with a spell of 5 wickets for 18 runs for which he won the ICC T20 performance of the year award.

Chennai Super Kings team official Russell Radhakrishnan said the team had taken no decision the replacement player while confirming Southee s injury and subsequent non-availability.

John Buchanan, high performance coach of New Zealand was quoted in new Zealand’s official website as saying, “Tim has suffered some cartilage damage to his left knee while preparing for the Champions League.

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

“He will undergo a period of intense rehabilitation and attempt to return to training shortly. A call on his availability for the Black Caps tour of Zimbabwe will be made closer to the time.”

The Kiwi youngster played five matches for the Super Kings in the 2011 Indian Premier League, taking four wickets in 19 overs for 166 runs at an average of 41.50 and an economy rate of 8.73.

Southee has taken 74 wickets in 59 matches at 23.05 in his career, but with an economy rate of 8.07.

The Super Kings play their opener on Saturday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here against Mumbai Indians, followed by the Cape Cobras, qualifier and New South Wales Blues.

All of Super Kings Group A matches will be played in Chennai that will also host one of the semi-finals and the final on October 9.