Bumrah still not ruled out of T20 World Cup: Ganguly


Even after severalmedia reports had suggested that Jasprit Bumrah will miss the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia with back stress fracture, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sourav Ganguly has refused to rule out the star India pacer out of the T20 World Cup, scheduled to begin on October 16.

Contrary to reports carried out by media on September 29 and 30, the BCCI president said that as there was still some time left for the tournament, Bumrah is still not ruled out of it.

“Jasprit Bumrah is still not ruled out of T20 World Cup yet. The World Cup is still quite some time away. Let’s not jump the gun,” Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying by RevSportz.

Earlier on Friday, the BCCI’s All-India Senior Selection Committee had named Mohd. Siraj as replacement for injured Bumrah for the remainder of the ongoing T20I series against South Africa.

Bumrah has sustained a back injury and is currently under the supervision of the BCCI Medical Team.

Earlier, before the first T20I between India and South Africa at Thiruvananthapuram, which the hosts won by eight wickets, the Indian board had said that Bumrah has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game after complaining of back pain during practice session on Tuesday.

“Jasprit Bumrah complained of back pain during India’s practice session on Tuesday. The BCCI Medical Team assessed him. He is ruled out of the first T20I,” BCCI had said in its statement on Twitter.

Meanwhile, media reports had suggested that Bumrah could also miss the upcoming T20 World Cup and he will not be traveliing with the Indian team to Australia.

“We have been told that his injury is not good and at the moment and it looks like he won’t be travelling to Australia with the Indian team. The medical team will submit detail report soon,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

Recently, Bumrah was forced to miss the Asia Cup due to his back injury. He was later declared fit for the three-match T20I series against Australia at home. The Indian pacer was out of international cricket since July this year.

After missing the first T20I against Australia in Mohali, he aapeared in the seocnd T20I and bowled two overs for 23 runs for just a wicket. In the final match of the series in Hyderabad, Bumrah leaked 50 runs from his allotted quota of four overs and remained wicketless.

In case Bumrah is ruled out of the T20 World Cup in Australia, the senior national selection committee will have to pick either Mohammad Shami or Deepak Chahar, who have been added as stand bye players for the tournament.

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