Kevin Pietersen is struggling with a hernia which needs an operation after the World Cup, another blow to their faltering campaign in the tournament.
The England Cricket Board (ECB) stressed that Pietersen, 30, will soldier on in the sub-continent but a medical report has shown that his condition is worsening.
“The appropriate course of action is for Kevin to undergo a routine operation after England's World Cup campaign,” ECB chief medical officer Nicholas Peirce said in a statement.
“I’m obviously extremely disappointed to have picked up this hernia injury but I've been able to manage it so throughout the World Cup," Pietersen was quoted as saying in the statement.
"It will no doubt impact my preparation but careful management should see me still play a significant role in the team's campaign,” said Pietersen.