New Delhi: The tenth edition of the Indian Premier League it seems will be short on some star power with reports coming in that both Ravichandran Ashwin (Rising Pune Supergiant) and Murali Vijay (Kings XI Punjab) expected to give the campaign miss due to respective injuries.
A report in Wisden India claims that both Ashwin and Vijay will miss the entire tournament. Ashwin though will be ready in time for India's title defence at the ICC Champions Trophy in June.
The report further claims that the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav will sit out the initial stages of the T20 league. All these developments come after India just finished a long home season which saw them play 13 Test matches along with limited overs cricket.
However, KKR CEO Venky Mysore said they are yet to get an update on Umesh skipping the initial stages of the league.
"There is nothing official I have heard. Until we hear something official from BCCI/IPL, there is nothing I can comment. If there is any truth to that a statement will come out soon," Mysore told reporters.
Asked if the news, if true, will affect the team or not, Mysore said the two-time IPL winners have all their bases covered.
"I am a believer in the fact that you cannot control certain things. The good news with our team is all our bases are covered for any eventuality. He (Umesh) is a top player. But I can't comment right now. It will be speculative."
CricketNext had earlier reported that KL Rahul has also been ruled out of the tenth edition of the cash-rich league.
The Karnataka batsman, who recently finished as India's second highest run-getter in the Border-Gavaskar series confirmed the same to CricketNext.
Speaking exclusively about the developments to CricketNext, Rahul said, "Yes I have been ruled out of the IPL, don't want to get into the details at this point. You will get an official word from the Royal Challengers Bangalore."
Sources close to RCB and Rahul informed that the India opener will be travelling to London soon to undergo surgery.
Rahul had first injured his shoulder during the Test series against England and he showed signs of discomfort while playing in the series against Australia too.
Rahul’s injury comes after RCB captain Virat Kohli also hinted that he might be out for few weeks due to a shoulder injury he suffered during the third Test in Ranchi.
RCB will open their campaign against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 5.