In a major blow for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Will Jacks has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to an injury, according to a report on ESPNCricinfo. Jacks suffered a muscle injury while fielding during the second One-Day International(ODI) against England in Dhaka and did not take part for the rest of the tour as a result.
Following scans and consultations with an expert Jacks was given no option but to pull out of the competition, the report further added.
Jacks was bought by RCB for INR 3.2 crore and was seen as a cover for Glenn Maxwell, who goes into the tournament after recovering from a fractured leg. New Zealand all-rounder Michael Bracewell is tipped to be a frontrunner to replace Jacks at RCB. Bracewell, who went into the IPL 2023 auction with a base price of INR 1 crore went unsold.
This not just comes as a blow for RCB, but also for England, as Jacks would have had the opportunity to acclimatise with the conditions in India given that the World Cup is slated to be played in the country later this year.
The good news for RCB however is that Reece Topley is expected to be fit for the tournament having not played during England's white-ball tour of Bangladesh recently due to a slight niggle.
Jacks has played six international games for England since making his T20I debut against Pakistan in Karachi in September 2022. RCB kickstart their IPL 2023 campaign against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday (April 2) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.