The first reports of the fast bowler’s injury emerged just before India’s T20I series against South Africa began on Wednesday. He was rushed from Thiruvananthapuram, the venue of the first match, to Bengaluru, where the National Cricket Academy is located, so that he could be assessed by the BCCI’s medical team.
Now “following a detailed assessment and in consultation with the specialists,” the board confirmed that Bumrah has been ruled out of the upcoming ICC event but did not expand on the exact nature of the problem.
ESPNcricinfo understands that Bumrah is suffering from a stress-related injury and that he might be out for about six weeks.
“Jasprit Bumrah complained of back pain during India’s practice session on Tuesday,” the BCCI said on Twitter after the toss of the first T20I against South Africa. “The BCCI Medical Team assessed him. He is ruled out of the first #INDvSA T20I.”
India are in Group 2 in the Super 12 round, along with Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, and two teams that progress from the qualifying round. The side led by Rohit Sharma is looking to make a strong comeback at this year’s event in Australia, after suffering a group-stage exit at the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE. India begin their campaign against Pakistan at the MCG on October 23.
India T20 World Cup squad: Rohit Sharma (capt), KL Rahul (vice-capt), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Reserve players: Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.