Johannesburg: The Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday released their star all-rounder Jacques Kallis with immediate effect due to a neck injury.
The Cricket South Africa (CSA) had requested the Indian franchise to release Kallis considering the gruelling season ahead for the national side.
Bangalore said "Cricket South Africa's medical team have advised him (to) rest to recover for the country's upcoming international commitments."
Kallis missed the second of the ongoing Champions League T20 game against the South Australia Redbacks which Bangalore lost comprehensively.
The absence of Kallis could seriously dent Challengers' chances of reaching the semifinals in tonight's do-or-die game against the Highveld Lions.
Kallis replacement will be announced soon, the franchise said.