The Warwickshire contract of Krunal Pandya has been terminated due to a groin injury. The all-rounder had to fly back to India on Monday night. He was acquired by the county squad for the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Krunal sustained the injury while tallying 37 during Warwickshire’s game against Nottinghamshire on August 17. He missed Warwickshire’s subsequent two matches against Middlesex and Durham in addition to the first innings of the contest.
After consulting with experts, it was determined that Krunal’s injury would likely sideline him for three weeks. This will prevent him from participating in the knockout rounds should Warwickshire advance.
“It’s frustrating to lose Krunal for the remainder of the tournament, but he leaves the club with our very best wishes,” Warwickshire’s director of cricket Paul Farbrace said in a statement issued by the county. “Krunal was an excellent role model around the group and I’m sure the younger members of the squad will have learnt a lot from him on and off the pitch.
“Due to the short turnaround, we won’t be signing a replacement, however, I’m incredibly excited to see our squad build on Sunday’s excellent win over Durham.”
Krunal scored 134 runs at an average of 33.50 this season while playing five Royal London Cup matches for Warwickshire. It also included an 82-ball 74 in the drawn game against Surrey at The Oval. With his left-arm spin, he took nine wickets for 25.00, including two consecutive three-fors against Sussex and Leicestershire.
Warwickshire is currently one point behind the four teams in front of them in Group A of the Royal London Cup with nine points from seven games.
One of two Indian players signed by Warwickshire this year was Krunal. The other was fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, who was brought in for the County Championship Division 1 season’s final stretch.
The 31-year-old Krunal is attempting to resume his international playing career after his last appearance for India. It came in July 2021 during a tour of Sri Lanka. He has so far participated in 19 T20Is and five ODIs.