Lasith Malinga has had to pull out of joining Middlesex for their Friends Life t20 campaign due to fatigue.
The Sri Lanka fast bowler, a limited-overs specialist after retiring from Test cricket last year, complained of soreness to his knee and back after representing the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
Malinga was due to play seven of Middlesex's 10 FLt20 group matches but with Sri Lanka playing one-day internationals and a Twenty20 series with Pakistan and India this summer, the 28-year-old's representatives have stated that the bowler and the Sri Lankan Cricket Board believe rest is needed if he is to avoid serious injury.
Middlesex's managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said: "Naturally, we are extremely disappointed that Lasith will not be playing for Middlesex CCC in this summer's Friends Life t20.
"Everyone at the club was looking forward to working with and watching Lasith play for The Panthers. His presence would have added a healthy dose of star dust to proceedings.
"I totally understand Lasith's concerns - his workload has been and is high - but I am disappointed we are the side to be denied of his services.
"A lot of work goes in to securing these deals and getting 'No Objection Certificates' from the relevant governing bodies.
"But we are not the only county to suffer in this way and over the coming days we will do all we can to secure the services of another high quality international cricketer for our 2012 Friends Life t20 campaign."