Jasprit Bumrah to miss IPL 2023, likely to undergo back surgery
Jasprit Bumrah's comeback is likely to get delayed after being given the option of undergoing back surgery. Indian pace spearhead will also miss Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 and ICC World Test Championship (if India qualifies for it), reported ESPNCricinfo on Tuesday.
He is still recovering from a back injury that kept him out of the ICC T20 World Cup last year. The medical staff of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru is treating Bumrah's case urgently and has recommended that he undergo surgery after experiencing recurring niggles in his lower back that began as a stress reaction last August.
The BCCI, in collaboration with the NCA and Bumrah, is expected to make a final decision on the next step soon, with the ICC Cricket World Cup set to take place in India from October to November this year.
It's been a frustrating wait for Bumrah, who has tried to return several times since suffering a back injury in August that forced him to miss the Asia Cup. The injury did not appear to be serious at first, as he was named to India's T20 World Cup squad in September and even played the final two T20Is against Australia on September 23 and 25.
Bumrah did not play the first T20I against South Africa three days later, and it was later revealed that he had scans, which revealed a stress-related injury in his back. He was rushed to NCA, where scans confirmed the severity of his injury. It kept him out of the T20 World Cup, where India reached the semifinals.
Bumrah resumed his rehabilitation in November and began bowling in mid-December. His progress appeared to be positive, as he was added to the January white-ball series more than a week after the original squad was picked up.
Bumrah had done the match simulation exercises in the NCA, but the discomfort returned when he increased his workload during fitness drills in January. Scans revealed the emergence of a new niggle, which forced him to withdraw from the Sri Lanka series and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia.
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