The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is concerned with the fitness updates of the premier pacer, Jasprit Bumrah. India’s fast-bowling spearhead is already missing competitive cricket for 7 months and he is all but ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 and the World Test Championship Final 2023. With things not improving BCCI has asked Bumrah to take doctors’ advice and undergo surgery to fix his bagging back problem.
The BCCI medical team has had a consultation with Bumrah’s doctors and has suggested surgery as an option. Jasprit Bumrah has been delaying it for the IPL and WTC Final. But now that he is all set to miss both, BCCI wants him to go forward with the surgery so that he can be at least fit for World Cup 2023.
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As per the reports in InsideSport, a senior BCCI official said, “His situation is not good and not improving. There are suggestions of surgery for the back stress fracture. But as it will take nearly 4-5 months to recover, he has been ignoring it.”
Jasprit Bumrah is set to miss IPL 2023 after being given the option of undergoing a back surgery
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He further added, “But since he is not improving, the medical team has advised him to take the surgery route. That way, there will be a chance that he could be fit for the World Cup.”
Jasprit Bumrah still feels he can attain match-fitness ahead of the WTC Final, so he doesn’t want to take the surgery route. However, BCCI will take a final call on the matter after having a consultation with the NCA and the medical team by next week. It is possible that Bumrah will fly to London for the surgery. But there is an option in Mumbai as well.
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Confirming the same, the BCCI official said, “Bumrah is a great player but like all great players, he is stubborn too. He doesn’t want to have a surgery as it could put him a lengthier path to recovery. But as the condition has been worsening instead of improving, it is important that the NCA steps in. We will take a call soon.”