Sam Curran ruled out of IPL 2021 and T20 World Cup due to back injury

With a lower-back injury, England allrounder Sam Curran has been ruled out of the ongoing IPL and the next men’s T20 World Cup. As a replacement, his brother Tom Curran has been called up to the England team, while Reece Topley has been added as a travelling reserve.

The Currans are currently in the United Arab Emirates for the IPL 2021. After the match against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday, Sam, who plays for Chennai Super Kings, complained of back ache. He did not bat in the game and gave up 55 runs in his four overs. He had only played twice in the previous three weeks.

“He [Sam Curran] will fly back to the UK in the coming days and will receive more scans and a complete review from the ECB’s medical team later this week,” the announcement read.

Curran complained of back soreness after CSK’s loss in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Scans confirmed the extent of his injury, ruling him out of the current tournament as well as the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Curran has played nine games thus far, taking nine wickets at an economy rate of 9.93 and scoring 56 runs.

Members of the England side currently competing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) will join the World Cup squad in the UAE. Non-IPL players and support staff arrived in Muscat on Tuesday for a brief training camp. Before heading to Dubai for their tournament warm-up matches against India on September 18, they will train for ten days.

England 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