New Delhi: India captain Virat Kohli's availability for the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be confirmed in the second week of April, the BCCI informed on Saturday.
Updating the fitness status of Kohli, the BCCI said the RCB skipper will undergo rehabilitation for the injury sustained during the opening day of the Ranchi Test against Australia.
"The Indian captain will undergo rehabilitation after sustaining an injury to his right shoulder. His recovery will be assessed in the second week of April to determine an exact return to play date for IPL 2017," the BCCI said in a release.
A host of top Indian players will either miss the IPL or be rested from some initial matches of the cash-rich league.
These players will need to rest their bodies after a gruelling home season to be fully fit for the ICC Champions Trophy in June.
While India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was set to represent Rising Pune Supergiants, will not be available for the entire IPL due to the recurrence of sports hernia, Test openers Murali Vijay (last year's captain of Kings XI Punjab) and KL Rahul (RCB) are also virtually ruled out due to the shoulder surgeries.
The BCCI medical team said Ashwin will miss the entire IPL as he has been advised 6-8 weeks of rehabilitation to recuperate from his groin pain.
"R Ashwin has reported groin pain and has been advised 6-8 weeks of rehabilitation, which he will undergo and hence will not be available for the upcoming IPL season."
Ashwin needs to be fully fit for India in the Champions Trophy starting June 1 and playing 14 matches with little gap and a lot of travelling would have only aggravated his problems.
Ashwin has featured in all the 13 home Test matches this season. He bowled a staggering 738.2 overs and claimed 82 wickets.
Regarding Rahul and Vijay, the BCCI said, "KL Rahul is likely to undergo surgery of his left shoulder and may not be available for IPL 2017 season during which he will have to complete his rehabilitation.
"Murali Vijay will require surgery to his right wrist and also undergo rehabilitation for his left shoulder and hence may not be able to participate in IPL 2017."