Will Pucovski's Leicestershire Contract Canceled Due to Concussion

Will Pucovski’s Leicestershire Contract Canceled Due to Concussion

Will Pucovski’s highly anticipated stint with Leicestershire has been abruptly canceled due to another concussion suffered during a Sheffield Shield match. The 26-year-old Australian batsman was set to make his county cricket debut but was forced to withdraw after being struck by a bouncer from Riley Meredith.

Pucovski has a history of concussions, which have plagued his career and sidelined him for extended periods. The latest incident occurred earlier this month, prompting immediate concerns about his health. He was immediately substituted out of the game and has not played since.

Leicestershire had signed Pucovski as a temporary replacement for South African all-rounder Wiaan Mulder for the first five games of the County Championship. He was expected to join his Victoria teammate Peter Handscomb, who had a successful season with the club in 2023.

“It’s a huge shame to lose Will at this stage, but his health must come first,” said Leicestershire’s director of cricket, Claude Henderson. “Given the proximity to the start of the English season, it has been agreed by all parties to allow him the necessary time to recover, and we want to wish Will all the best as he continues to recuperate in Australia.”

Henderson added that the club has contingency plans in place and will announce a new overseas addition shortly.

Pucovski has represented Australia once in Tests, averaging 45.19 in first-class cricket. However, his career has been marred by concussions and mental health issues, which have forced him to prioritize his well-being.

The cancellation of Pucovski’s contract is a setback for both the player and Leicestershire. It remains to be seen when he will be able to return to the field and whether he can overcome the challenges that have hindered his progress.