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Mystery over Jasprit Bumrah’s T20 World Cup availability deepens as BCCI chief doesn’t rule him out yet

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

While Indian cricket fans were shocked to learn about reports of Jasprit Bumrah getting ruled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup due to a back stress fracture, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Friday (30) said that the board was not yet giving up on the ace pacer.

On Wednesday (28), Bumrah was rushed to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru where he underwent scans on his back after getting ruled out of the ongoing three-match T20 series against South Africa which India are leading 1-0.

Bumrah made his national comeback only in the previous T20 series against Australia but could play only two games before bowing out again.

Speaking to Xtra Time digital channel in his home town Kolkata, Ganguly said, “Bumrah is not out of the World Cup yet.”

He also said that he was keeping his “fingers crossed” and a final decision could be seen coming in the “next two or three days”.

The BCCI chief’s remarks came on the back of a release made by the board earlier in the day that said Bumrah had “sustained” a back injury and was being monitored by their medical team at the NCA.

ESPNcricino said Bumrah underwent a back scan in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, where the first T20 against South Africa was played. It also reported that the scans revealed Bumrah having a stress-related injury. The Indian team’s medical staff and the NCA decided to have fresh scans in Bengaluru since Bumrah had recovered from a back injury only recently, the report added.

India will be without their star spinner-all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the World Cup since he has also been ruled out without an injury.

The former world champions will leave for Australia on October 6 and will play practice games in Brisbane against hosts Australia and New Zealand on October 17 and 19, respectively, before taking on Pakistan in their first match of the tournament in Melbourne on October 23.

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