Australia and Perth Scorchers bowler Andrew Tye is set to miss most of the summer after needing surgery to fix his injured elbow.
Tye was named in Australia's T20I squad for the six matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan but was withdrawn prior to the first game in Adelaide after injuring his right elbow while throwing at training. He was replaced in the squad by Sean Abbott.
Scans revealed that Tye requires surgery and will miss three to four months of cricket, which includes the entire BBL.
Tye's injury is a blow to Australia's plans ahead of the T20 World Cup. His unique skills as a middle overs and death specialist make him a rare commodity in T20 cricket.
However, his loss will be felt most at the Perth Scorchers in the BBL. The Scorchers have already lost Jason Behrendorff for the tournament after he opted to have back surgery to fix recurring stress fractures in his lower back.
They are now without Tye as well, having also lost Nathan Coulter-Nile after he signed with the Melbourne Stars.