"Bumrah is not going to play the T20 World Cup for sure. He has a serious back condition. It's a stress fracture and he could be out for a period of six months," a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
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India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the ICC T20 World Cup due to a back injury, the BCCI announced on Monday, due to a back stress fracture.
That Bumrah is ruled out of the big-ticket event due to a stress fracture was first reported on September 29. Last week, a BCCI official told PTI that Bumrah would be forced out of action for six months due to the back injury.
"Bumrah, was initially ruled out from the ongoing Mastercard 3-match T20I series against South Africa due to a back injury," the BCCI said in a statement.
The BCCI will be naming a replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in the squad for the marquee tournament soon, the statement added.
The 28-year-old fast bowler is the second senior star player to be ruled out after Ravindra Jadeja, who is recovering from a knee surgery.
The Indian team is already looking unsettled at the moment and Bumrah's injury has only compounded the woes for skipper Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid.
"Losing Bumrah and Jadeja will be huge for India. We didn't expect that things will pan out as they have," a senior BCCI official had said last week.
Many senior players have been given adequate rest, keeping in mind their workload.
What is more interesting is the fact that Bumrah has played only five Tests, five ODIs and as many T2Ols in 2022 apart from IPL games for Mumbai Indians.
"That's not a lot of cricket, considering that he was rested for Asia Cup, West Indies tour and also some of the bilateral cricket played in India. That's a lot of rest. "As of now he is at the NCA and the rehab will be a long and arduous one. Yes, World T20 is important but he is still young and India's biggest bowling asset. You can't take a risk with him," the official had said.
Back stress fractures do not require surgery but a lot of time to heal.
Bumrah, who has a slinging action, puts a lot of pressure on his back during loading. Former West Indies pace bowling great Michael Holding had assessed that Bumrah was always a candidate for back injuries.
First Published: Sept 29, 2022 5:23 PM IST