Wellington Firebirds overseas pro Adam Hose will play no further part in the Burger King Super Smash and return home to the UK due to discomfort in his right knee.
The Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears batsman will report back to Edgbaston this week for further assessment on a pre-patellar bursitis by the Bears medical staff.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed a strong debut season in the Super Smash averaging 48.75 in his six games for the Firebirds.
Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears first team head coach Jim Troughton said they had asked Hose to return home to ensure he is fit for the start of the English summer.
“Withdrawing Adam from his time with the Firebirds is a precautionary measure. We cannot take any risks as a club when it comes to his fitness for the 2019 season.
“Adam is obviously disappointed as he has really enjoyed his cricket and the experience gained from playing in a new competition overseas, but also from working with such a good group of players and management.
“I’d like to personally thank Bruce Edgar, his staff and players at Cricket Wellington for making Adam feel so welcome during his time with the club.”
Firebirds head coach Bruce Edgar praised Hose’s performance for Wellington.
“Adam played a key role in the games to date and it’s a shame to lose him to injury. He is a very good player and been an excellent contributor to the Firebirds both on and off the field, he has a bright future.
“However, it’s in his best interests to return home to ensure full recovery from his injury. Hopefully we might get to see him again next year.”