Ace all-rounder Sam Curran has been ruled out of the upcoming edition of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 scheduled to take place in the UAE and Oman. Curran suffered a lower back injury which will keep him out of the mega event.
In a statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced the 23-year-old complained of back pain after Chennai Super Kings’ match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League and a subsequent scan revealed the injury.
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Sam Curran will return from the UAE in the next couple of days for further scans and a “full review” later in the week with the ECB’s medical team.
“Surrey and England all-rounder Sam Curran has been ruled out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup with a lower back injury. Curran complained of back pain after Chennai Super Kings Indian Premier League fixture on Saturday against Rajasthan Royals,” ECB said in a statement.
Tom Curran to replace brother Sam Curran
Meanwhile, Tom Curran slots in the 15-member squad in place of Sam. He was named among three travelling reserves for the tournament and his spot in that group will be taken by left-arm fast bowler Reece Topley, a Surrey cricketer.
The England players and management not at the IPL arrived at their Muscat base earlier today and will remain in Oman until 16 October before moving to Dubai for the start of the tournament.
They begin their campaign against defending champions West Indies on October 23 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
England squad for T20 World Cup: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Reserves: Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, James Vince