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The All-India Senior Selection Committee named Mohammed Siraj as Jasprit Bumrahs replacement for the remainder of the T20I series against South Africa on Friday. The BCCI made the official announcement, as well as an update on the severity of Bumrahs injury. "Bumrah has sustained a back injury and is currently being monitored by the BCCI Medical Team," the Indian cricket board stated in an official media release. Premier paceman Jasprit Bumrah is set to be ruled out of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Australia due to a back stress fracture, according to news agency PTI citing BCCI sources on Thursday.
While an official confirmation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India is awaited, Bumrah has withdrawn from Indias series opener against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.
"The All-India Senior Selection Committee named Mohd. Siraj as replacement for injured Jasprit Bumrah for the remainder of the T20I series against South Africa," BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in the statement on Friday.
"Bumrah has sustained a back injury and is currently under the supervision of the BCCI Medical Team."
Mohammed Siraj has been named to Indias T20I squad to replace Jasprit Bumrah for the remainder of the series against South Africa. Siraj is expected to join the squad in Guwahati later today, ahead of the second T20I on Sunday.
Sirajs late call-up follows new injury concerns for Bumrah, who was forced to undergo scans on his lower back in Bengaluru before the National Cricket Academys medical staff made a final decision on his participation in the T20 World Cup.
Siraj last played a T20I for India against Sri Lanka in February and is primarily considered a red-ball option at the moment. His most recent appearance was a one-off for Warwickshire against Somerset earlier this month.
India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against South Africa after a convincing eight-wicket victory in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. The second and third matches will be held in Guwahati (October 2) and Indore (October 3). (October 4).
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Siraj has only played five T20Is so far, taking five wickets at an economy of 10.45. However, he has been a regular for Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2020, and he was also one of three retainers for them ahead of this years auction.
Siraj isnt the only newcomer to the team. Shreyas Iyer, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Umesh Yadav were added to the squad just before the series opener.
Iyer took over for the injured Deepak Hooda, who is also being monitored by the BCCIs medical staff at the NCA, and Umesh took over for Mohammed Shami, who is recovering from Covid-19 after a negative test. Meanwhile, Shahbaz has taken over for Hardik Pandya, who is doing "conditioning-related work" at the NCA.