England bowler Mark Wood
Mark Wood, an expensive buy for Lucknow Supergiants in the auction, has now been ruled out for the time being. Image Credit: ANI

St. John’s (Antigua): England pacer Mark Wood has been ruled out of participating in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season due to an elbow injury, according to a cricket website.

Wood, who is currently with the England Test squad for their ongoing three-match tour of West Indies, injured his right elbow during the first Test at Antigua and consequently sat out of the ongoing second Test in Barbados.

In the IPL Mega Auction in February this year, Wood was picked by Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) for Rs 7.5 crores.

“In a medical update Super Giants have received from the ECB, Wood has been ruled out of bowling for the time being. The franchise has not yet zeroed in on a replacement. However, Wood’s participation in the IPL became doubtful once he had walked out of the drawn first Test last week after delivering just 17 overs because of an impingement in his right elbow. An elaborate review of Wood’s injury is expected from the ECB later on Friday,” said the report.

Wood injured his elbow on day three of the first Test, which ended in a draw at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.

He was only able to bowl five overs on day three of the drawn Test before leaving the field and did not bowl in West Indies’ second innings after suffering ‘acute pain’ when trying to bowl in the nets before the start of day five.

Wood’s absence now leaves Super Giants with two overseas pace options in West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder and Sri Lanka pacer Dushmantha Chameera. Holder will be available only after March 28 as the ongoing Tests against England will end on the given date, meaning that he will not be available for Super Giants’ first IPL 2022 match against fellow debutants Gujarat Titans.