Cummins, who was set to play for the defending champions Mumbai Indians will miss the tournament after a heavy workload during the past year, where he played 13 consecutive Tests.
David Beakley, Australia’s physiotherapist, said Cummins experienced back issues in South Africa last week and could miss out on Australia’s next assignment – a limited-overs series against England in June.
He said: “Pat experienced some back soreness during the fourth Test in South Africa,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. Follow-up scans have confirmed that he has bone oedema in his vertebrae. It is important that Pat has time off bowling, to prevent the injury becoming more serious and consequently we have made the decision to rule Pat out of the IPL.
The physiotherapist added: “Pat will now undergo a period of recovery and rehabilitation and we will look to re-scan him in a few weeks to assess the healing. Following this we will be in a better position to decide on Pat’s return to play timeline including participation in the limited overs tour of the UK.”
Cummins bowled 447.5 overs across all formats since the start of the last Australian summer and was the team’s best performer during the ill-fated tour of South Africa, where he claimed 22 wickets at an average of 21 to stamp himself as the talisman of the attack.
Australia are hopeful that Cummins will be fit before the series against Pakistan in October.