AB de Villiers injured, out of CLT20
Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman and wicketkeeper AB de Villiers will miss the rest of the Champions League T20 after injuring his hand during a training session at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
The South African sustained a fracture to the middle finger on his left hand during a fielding drill and the injury was deemed serious enough by RCB physio Evan Speechly for de Villiers to return home.
Upon his return to South Africa, de Villiers will meet Cricket South Africa's panel of hand specialists to further assess his injury according to SA's team manager Mohammad Moosajee.
RCB will miss the invaluable right handed batsman who had been keeping wickets so that the team could play an extra batsman in their XI. Tillakaratne Dilshan or Ranji cricketer Arun Karthik may step into his shoes as RCB's keeper for the remainder of the tournament.
RCB lost their first game of the tournament against the SA side Warriors in a thriller but have three more games against the Kolkata Knight Riders, Somerset and the South Australian Redbacks to make it to the next round.
AB de Villiers faces the risk of missing the initial fixtures of SA's home series against Australia, the series in which he was to take over from Graeme Smith as the side's captain in the limited overs format of the game.