England allrounder Sam Curran has been ruled out of the ongoing IPL and the upcoming men’s T20 World Cup with a lower-back injury. His brother Tom Curran has been called up into the England squad as his replacement and Reece Topley has also been added as travelling reserve.
The Curran Brothers are currently in the UAE for IPL 2021. Sam, playing for Chennai Super Kings, complained of back pain after the match against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. He did not bat and conceded 55 runs in his four overs in the game. It was only his second match in the past three weeks.
“Results of the scan revealed the injury,” an ECB release said. “He will fly back to the UK in the next couple of days and will have further scans and a full review later this week from the ECB’s medical team.”
Sam has conceded 111 runs in eight wicketless overs combined in the two matches in the UAE, with the team management preferring the experience of Dwayne Bravo as a bowling allrounder.
Sam Curran talks about leaving IPL 2021
“Extremely gutted. Absolutely loved my time with Chennai this season,” Sam said in a video posted by the Super Kings. “The boys are doing extremely well. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I’m leaving the team in a fantastic space.
The boys are playing really good cricket. I want to be supporting them from where I am the next few days. Once it’s all sunk in, I’ll definitely be supporting the team, and I’m sure they can go all the way and lift the trophy”
Tom, meanwhile, is yet to play in the second phase of the IPL for Royals. He is coming off a decent performance in the Hundred, though, picking up 10 wickets in eight matches for Oval Invincibles.
Members of the England team that are currently participating in the IPL will link-up with the World Cup squad in the UAE. The non-IPL members and support staff arrived in Muscat earlier on Tuesday for a short camp. They will train for 10 days before moving to Dubai ahead of their tournament warm-up fixtures against India on September 18.
Squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny 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
Travelling reserves: Liam Dawson, Reece Topley, James Vince