Melbourne:Security concerns in India prompted Brett Lee's return to Australia for treatment on his injured elbow, his agent has claimed.
The fast bowler, who plays for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, is in Sydney to get treatment on his elbow, which was operated a couple of months ago.
Lee's agent Neil Maxwell said the bowler would rather be at home for treatment than in India owing to security fears.
"From a security point of view he'd prefer to be spending the time waiting in Sydney rather than Chandigarh," Lee's manager Neil Maxwell told 'The Age'.
However, Kings XI Punjab CEO Anil Srivats insisted that Lee's decision to return had "nothing to do with security". "There is enough precedence to know that this (kind of) stuff can always be cooked up," he said.
Lee recently retired from Test cricket to prolong his one-day Twenty20 career after enduring numerous injury breakdowns.