Steven Mullaney will miss the opening exchanges of the T20 Vitality Blast through injury.
The Nottinghamshire all-rounder will undergo an operation on his knee having handed over the captaincy reins to Dan Christian ahead of the white-ball tournament.
“The injury has been there for a while now and the operation needs to happen to make it right,” said the 32-year-old.
“I’m gutted to be missing matches in the Blast, but the team is in good hands with Dan. I’ll be down at Trent Bridge cheering on the lads along with our supporters.
“I’m not going to set targets around recovery, but everybody knows I’ll be working really hard in my rehab to get back on the field as quickly as possible.”
Mullaney, in his second season as Club Captain at Trent Bridge, has been ever-present for Nottinghamshire in first-class cricket to date this season.
“Every decision made by the coaches and myself is for the benefit of the Club. The timing of me having this operation is no different to that,” Mullaney continued.
“We felt it was right for me to get through the previous few four-day matches, to carry on leading the team in that competition and try to put the wins on the board we so desperately wanted.
“We have a strong squad for T20 cricket, and out there is no place to be hiding someone in the field who is hobbling around with a dodgy knee.
“The timing is right. I can’t wait to throw myself into recovering and getting back out there trying to win matches for Notts.”
A Notts Outlaws squad brimming with international talent will commence their T20 Vitality Blast campaign against Worcestershire Rapids at Trent Bridge on Thursday 18 July, with adult tickets priced at £10. Secure your seats…