England all-rounder set to miss 2012 IPL season

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Stuart BroadEngland fast bowler Stuart Broad appears unlikely to play in this year's Indian Premier League after being ruled out of action until May. The 25-year-old was scheduled to play for Kings XI Punjab (6/1 Top 4 Finish in the IPL) in the IPL, which kicked off at the start of this month, but has now been advised to take a three-week break from all cricket in order to continue his rehabilitation.

The Kings Punjab have not enjoyed the best start and are currently in 8th place in the IPL and the loss of the England all-rounder will be blow even though he had yet to feature in the IPL this year. They face the defending champions the Chennai Superkings on Saturday and they are looking to register their second win in five games.

Broad had returned home early from England’s tour of Sri Lanka with a calf injury, missing the series-equalling victory on Saturday. An ECB statement read: "Broad will be assessed regularly over the coming weeks with a view to returning to cricket with Nottinghamshire in early May."

England's first Test of a three-match series against West Indies is at Lord's, beginning on 17 May. The second Test, at Trent Bridge, starts on 25 May, with the series concluding at Edgbaston from 7 June. England then play the tourists in three one-day internationals with Broad set to captain the world champions in the sole Twenty20 game at Trent Bridge on 24 June.

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