England all-rounder Sam Curran has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the following T20 World Cup due to a back injury. The left-arm pacer complained of pain after Chennai Super Kings’ match against Rajasthan Royals and underwent scans to know the extent of the injury.
The England Cricket Board released a statement to confirm the news. The statement revealed that Curran will return home and will be monitored by the ECB’s medical team.
“He (Sam Curran) will fly back to the UK in the next couple of days and will have further scans and a full review later this week from the ECB’s medical team,” ECB’s statement read.
Sam Curran has not been very impressive in the second leg of IPL. He was even dropped from CSK’s previous game against Delhi Capitals (DC) on Monday (October 4).
Meanwhile, Sam Curran’s brother Tom Curran has been named as a replacement for the T20 World Cup. Tom Curran was already part of the squad as a travelling reserve.
Also, fast bowler Reece Topley has been added to the squad as a travelling reserve. Ahead of the Super 12s, England will play two warm-up games against India and New Zealand. They are placed alongside Pakistan, Australia and West Indies in Group A and open their T20 World Cup campaign against West Indies on October 23 in Dubai.
England’s Updated T20 World Cup squad
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) Captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Tymal Mills (Sussex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)
Travelling Reserves: Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Reece Topley (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire)