New Delhi: England and Delhi Daredevils' batsman Kevin Pietersen will not take part in the upcoming sixth season of the IPL after suffering a knee injury ahead of Friday's third Test against New Zealand, which is expected to sideline him for six to eight weeks.
An ECB statement said: "Pietersen experienced knee pain while fielding in preparation for the four-day game in Queenstown earlier this month, ahead of the Test series. This has failed to resolve satisfactorily.
Recent scans confirm an injury to the right knee with bone bruising and possible cartilage damage to the kneecap. The 32-year-old will return to the UK for further investigations and specialist review.
"The injury is likely to require ongoing assessments and a likely six- to eight-week period of rest and rehabilitation. Pietersen has, therefore, been withdrawn from all cricket including the Indian Premier League."
The IPL runs from April 3 to May 26. Pietersen, 32, is likely to be fit for the 50-over ICC Champions Trophy, which is scheduled to take place in England in June, and back-to-back Ashes series.