Tye injury saddens Dawson

18 May 2017 10:48:41 EST

Gloucestershire have been dealt a significant blow with the news that Twenty20 specialist Andrew Tye is out of this summer's NatWest Blast.

Australian bowler Tye signed to return to Nevil Road for a second year but injured his left shoulder playing for the Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League.

His recovery period takes him beyond the tournament schedule as it starts in early July.

"Andrew went home to Australia and had surgery and now he's got to rehab his shoulder so that he can come back to full fitness," said Gloucestershire coach Richard Dawson.

"It's disappointing for us because he performed well last year, and for him because he was doing well in the IPL. We obviously wish him a speedy recovery.

"The Champions Trophy and the Caribbean Premier League complicate recruiting a replacement but we'll get our heads together and put a plan in place.

"If we go for a bowler to replace Andrew it helps to manage our bowlers through a tough period, and if we register a batsman it changes the balance of the team. We'll look at all the available options and do what is best for the squad."

Gloucestershire dominated the southern group of the Blast in 2016, finishing top before a surprise home loss to Durham in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Meanwhile, left-armer David Payne has also been ruled out for the foreseeable future following a hernia operation.

Gloucestershire are 14/1 to win this summer's NatWest Blast, while Sussex can be backed at 25/1, Leicestershire at 20/1 and Somerset at 16/1.

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