Chennai: Hard-hitting batsman Kevin Pietersen will not light up the stadia with his swashbuckling play in the the Indian Premier League as he will undergo a hernia operation after completing his national duty in England`s World Cup campaign.

Pietersen, who will don Deccan Chargers’ colours this time around said he was extremely disappointed to miss the twenty20 extravaganza but hoped to play a "significant role" in England`s World Cup campaign.

"I`m obviously extremely disappointed to have picked up this hernia injury but I`ve been able to manage it so far throughout the World Cup and will continue to do so under the guidance of the England team`s medical staff," Pietersen said.

"It will no doubt impact my preparation but careful management should see me still play a significant role in the team`s campaign," he added.

"Representing England in a World Cup is something I`ve been looking forward to for the past four years and I`m excited by the prospect of helping the team achieve something special here on the sub-continent against the best teams in the world. I`m bitterly disappointed to be missing the IPL but can take comfort from the fact that I will be fit for the start of a very exciting English summer against Sri Lanka and India," he said .
 The England medical staff first recognized Pietersen`s injury upon his return home early last month from the recent ODI series in Australia and "the symptoms are worsening", according to England and Wales Cricket Board.

"Pietersen will undergo surgery for a hernia following his participation in the World Cup currently underway on the the sub-continent,".

"While the injury will continue to be managed throughout the World Cup and he will continue to participate in the tournament, he will undergo surgery following the conclusion of England`s World Cup campaign," it said.

"Due to this scheduled course of treatment, and a rehabilitation period of approximately six weeks, Pietersen will be ruled out of the Indian Premier League which immediately follows the World Cup," it added.

(Agencies)