English all-rounder Sam Curran has been ruled out of the 2021 T20 World Cup with a low back injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Tuesday.
Curran was taken for scans after complaining of back pain following Chennai Super Kings’ game against Rajasthan Royals in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) which revealed the injury.
Curran is now flying back to England for further scans and a full assessment by the ECB’s medical team, the board confirmed. This is what the ECB said in their statement:
Surrey and English all-rounder Sam Curran has been banned from participating in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup with a lower back injury. Curran complained of back pain after Saturday’s Chennai Super Kings Indian Premier League game against Rajasthan Royals. Results of the scan revealed He will fly back to the UK in the coming days and will receive further scans and a full assessment from the ECB’s medical team later this week.”
Curran had thrown his full quota of four overs in the game against Rajasthan Royals.
Sam Curran replaced by brother Tom in England team
The ECB said Tom Curran, Sam’s older brother, has been added to the England squad as his replacement, while Reece Topley has been listed as a traveling reserve. The ECB wrote:
“Curran’s brother, Tom, has been included in the England squad for the T20 World Cup. In addition, Surrey’s Reece Topley has been added as a traveling reserve. Topley will join the England party in due course.”
Sam Curran will be a big miss for England, with his left arm pace and ability to score fast runs, giving them much needed depth and balance. The team is already without another all-rounder in Ben Stokes and pacesetter Jofra Archer.
Chennai Super Kings also confirmed his injury, saying Curran would miss the rest of IPL 2021.