Jasprit Bumrah Is Yet To Be Medically Cleared For Ireland Tour

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Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah underwent back surgery in March 2023 and returned to bowling in June after a successful recovery at the NCA. His rehabilitation is being overseen by BCCI (the Board of Control for Cricket in India) head of cricket VVS Laxman. Team India selectors and the BCCI were looking to pick Bumrah in the squad for the forthcoming Asia Cup in September. However, after noting his recent progress, there is a possibility that he could travel to Ireland with the Indian side in August. However, he is yet to receive a green signal.

Jasprit Bumrah is yet to be cleared

It has come to light that the plan for him is to play against Ireland but the cricketer is yet to receive a green signal from National Cricket Academy (NCA) physios. Bumrah has been bowling on a regular basis but there are certain doubts regarding his fitness as the physios aren’t quite sure if he can bowl a spell of four overs at the moment.

It seems that even if Bumrah travels with the squad, he might not not play all three T20Is of the series.

There used to be an unwritten rule that if someone’s coming back from a long lay-off due to an injury, he needs to play some domestic cricket to prove his fitness. I guess NCA and selection committee has made an exemption for him since he is not a part of West Zone squad for Deodhar Trophy games. Also, it means that, till now, he is not match ready or else he would have played one Deodhar game,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

The BCCI source has also confirmed that the NCA physios will update the Indian selectors regarding Bumrah’s fitness ahead of the Ireland series. Should the cricketer is declared fit enough to play 20-over and 50-over games, he will be added to the squad, else the committee may extend his time at the NCA.

“Before the Ireland selection meeting, the NCA physio will update Agarkar and Co with fitness report of all the players. If physio’s report states that Bumrah, apart from bowling four overs, will also be able to field 16 overs and subsequently 40 overs (in ODIs) with full intensity, he will be selected. As per latest information, the panel hasn’t received a green light from them,” the source added.

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