Ireland’s promising fast bowler Josh Little will miss the Pakistan Super League (PSL) due to a hamstring injury and has returned home for treatment. The 23-year-old was set to play for Multan Sultans in the PSL, but he experienced tightness in his hamstring while representing Pretoria Capitals in the SA20. Cricket Ireland stated that he returned home “out of an abundance of caution.”
In December’s auction, the Gujarat Titans signed Little for INR 4.4 crore (€500,000 approx), making him the first active Ireland player to be purchased in the IPL. However, due to his injury, Little is expected to return to fitness in time to fulfill his contract and is targeting Ireland’s upcoming three-match ODI series in Bangladesh as a possible return.
Mark Rausa, the head of sport science, physiotherapy and medical services at Cricket Ireland, explained that Josh had reported experiencing some tightness in his hamstring towards the end of his time in the SA20 League. He underwent an inconclusive ultrasound scan and subsequently decided to return home for further tests and treatment with the Cricket Ireland medical team.
An MRI scan showed no significant injury to the hamstring, but Little will remain in Dublin to complete a course of rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, and bowling workload management in preparation for the IPL, which starts at the end of March, followed by a busy period of international cricket for Ireland.
Ireland’s ODI series in Bangladesh is scheduled to begin on March 18, followed by the T20Is that will continue till March 31, which is the same day the IPL kicks off with the Titans taking on Chennai Super Kings in Ahmedabad.
In conclusion, it is unfortunate that Josh Little has been ruled out of the PSL due to a hamstring injury, but it is reassuring to know that he will be back in action for the Gujarat Titans in the IPL and the Irish cricket team shortly after. His potential and talent as a fast bowler will be missed by Multan Sultans, but we wish him a speedy recovery and all the best for his future endeavors