Anrich Nortje out of IPL with shoulder injury

Anrich Nortje has played only four ODIs but seems almost certain to be in South Africa's 15-man squad for the World Cup in May.

Fast bowler Anrich Nortje in action for the Cape Town Blitz. Picture: @CT_Blitz/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Tearaway Proteas quick Anrich Nortje confirmed he has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a shoulder injury, with the lucrative tournament set to begin on 23 March.

After shooting to starting in the inaugural Mzansi Super League last year, Nortje was quickly picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise which is coached by South African legend Jacques Kallis. It would have been the paceman’s maiden IPL stint.

The 25-year-old confirmed the news on his Twitter account but did not provide details on the extent of the injury which is a concern for the Proteas.

Nortje has played only four ODIs but seems almost certain to be in South Africa's 15-man squad for the World Cup in May.