Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup by the BCCI’s medical team, a press release said on Monday. The fast bowler had been struggling with a back injury. India will play its first match on October 23, 2022.

Bumrah was initially ruled out of the ongoing three-match T20I series against South Africa due to a back injury. “The decision was taken following a detailed assessment and in consultation with the specialists”, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.

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The BCCI has not officially named a replacement for Bumrah. “The BCCI will be naming a replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in the squad for the marquee tournament soon”, the statement added.

While the BCCI will be naming a replacement for Bumrah in the squad for the marquee tournament soon, one among Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar will make it to the main squad. Jammu and Kashmir pacer Umran Malik is expected to be named on the stand-by list, PTI reported.

Bumrah has had a history of back injuries. Media reports suggest that this may have been due to his slinging unorthodox front-on action which puts a lot of load on his back.

He was ruled out for three months in 2019 also with a minor stress fracture but this time, it could well be a case of at least four to six months of no show, news agency PTI reported.

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“Bumrah is not going to play the World T20 for sure. He has a serious back condition. It’s a stress fracture and he could be out for a period of six months”, an unnamed BCCI official told PTI.

This year, Bumrah has played only 5 games each in three formats apart from 14 games for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.