Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup due to his injured back, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced via an official statement on Monday. Bumrah’s injury comes as a major blow to India after all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out as well before the squad for the T20 World Cup was announced. The board further said in the statement that it will announce a replacement ‘soon’.
“The BCCI Medical team has ruled out Team India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup squad. The decision was taken following a detailed assessment and in consultation with the specialists. Bumrah, was initially ruled out from the ongoing Mastercard 3-match T20I series against South Africa due to a back injury,” read the statement.
Bumrah was ruled out of India’s ongoing series against South Africa after complaining of a back pain on the morning of the first T20I. This was followed by reports emerging that the 28-year-old was out of the T20 World Cup altogether. However, India head coach Rahul Dravid and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly both refused to rule him out completely.
Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar were named as reserve players when the squad for the T20 World Cup was announced. Additionally, the BCCI had named Mohammed Siraj as Bumrah’s replacement for the ongoing series against South Africa. However, the pacer did not feature in the two matches that was played in Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati and it will be interesting to see if the 28-year-old is considered for the final T20I of the series, to be played on Tuesday.