Khaleel Ahmed’s participation at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament is in jeopardy. The left-arm pacer, who was playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), was sent back to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) more than a week ago for side stress and has been rehabbing at the BCCI’s Bangalore facility.

The 23-year-old India pacer, who has played 11 ODIs and 14 T20s, will find it difficult to prepare for the national Twenty20 championship, which begins on November 11, but teams must report to designated venues by October 27 as part of biosecurity protocols.

RCA confirmed the injury when contacted, “Khaleel Ahmed suffered an injury during one of the IPL games. His IPL physio sent him to the NCA after analysing his case. Currently, he is under the care of NCA physiotherapists and can only return to cricket after receiving NCA fitness approval, “Vaibhav Gehlot, president of the RCA stated.

India spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Washington Sundar will join Khaleel at the NCA. Kuldeep, like Khaleel, recently returned from the UAE midway through the IPL and had knee surgery. According to reports, the Kanpur spinner is undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA and would not be available for his home state of Uttar Pradesh in the Mushtaq Ali competition.

Although Sundar has been placed in the Tamil Nadu squad for the competition, it is unknown if he will be ready for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Sundar has been rehabbing from a finger injury that forced him to miss the England Test series, the Indian Premier League (for Royal Challengers Bangalore), and the upcoming T20 World Cup.