Gurney, who plays for Notts Outlaws in Vitality Blast, said he is ‘devastated’.
Gurney told ESPNcricinfo that he would not be travelling to the UAE to join the Knight Riders for this season’s IPL. He represented the side in the previous season, taking seven wickets in eight games, including a Man-of-the-Match performance of 2 for 25 in four overs against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.
“Having gone through the same frustrations as everyone this year in waiting for cricket to restart, I’m devastated to have to miss the Blast,” Gurney said. “Some of the proudest moments in my career have been with Notts, and nothing quite compares to being out on the field at Trent Bridge competing for trophies with some of my best mates. To have that taken away for a year is tough.”
Gurney’s absence reduces the Knight Riders‘ count of foreign players to seven in their squad of 23. However, it is understood that they have finalised a replacement and will announce the name soon.
Gurney was contracted to play for KKR for 75 Lacs salary.