Former England pace bowler Kabir Ali is out for the start of the 2013 season with a knee injury.
Kabir Ali is one of three new signings at Lancashire in preparation for the 2013 season, along with ex-Australian batsman Simon Katich and all-rounder Wayne White.
Unfortunately for his new side however, Kabir has sustained an injury to his knee whilst playing for Barisal Burners in the Bangladesh Premier League.
The bowler has not traveled with his new side to Dubai for a pre-season training camp and is going to miss at least the first match of the new County Championship season against Worcestershire – which starts on 10 April.
“He jarred his knee in the foot holes during his time in Bangladesh,” Lancashire’s director of cricket Mike Watkinson said on the club’s website.
“When he came back to us and started training indoors, it began to swell up. He went to see the surgeon for an arthroscopy midway through last week, and he will have to go and see him again.”
Lancashire signed Kabir in a bid to help them gain promotion back to Division One at the first time of asking. The county were relegated last year just 12 months after winning the championship.
The pace bowler will be able to bring some international experience with him when he eventually returns from injury.
The 32-year-old played his one and only Test for England back in 2003 against South Africa, taking five wickets from the match.
Kabir has also featured in 14 one-day internationals for his country, taking 20 wickets with best figures of 4-45.