The Australian grounds, which were supposed to be a fast bowlers paradise, have now been branded a Pacer’s as because most of the fast bowlers across sides have been sidelined and are unlikely to partake.
Dushmantha Chameera, Sri Lanka’s seam-bowling spearhead, has been ruled out of the Men’s T20 World Cup after sustaining a grade two rupture in the calf of his landing foot. Chameera staggered off the field hurting after pulling up while running in to bowl the final over of his session against UAE on Tuesday.
With these two Sri Lankans being the most recent to be injured, let’s have a look at the other pacers that have been sidelined or ruled out of the World Cup this year due to injuries.
Jasprit Bumrah – India
India are purported to be the team most hurt, as their talisman and most devastating death bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, experienced an injury and was pushed back into the playing XI, costing him a spot in the T20 World Cup. He was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back.
Not only did he sustain an injury, but so did his potential replacement. Deepak Chahar, too, was injured and was unable to fly to Australia. He has had back and hip problems.
Reece Topley – England
Topley injured his left ankle on a piece of ad foam on the boundary during catching drills on Monday afternoon in Brisbane, and he did not play in the final warm-up against Pakistan.
Not only is Topley poised to miss the World Cup, but so is Jofra Archer, who is expected to miss another ICC event due to an injury. He has not been seen since March 2021.
Dwaine Pretorius – South Africa
Dwaine Pretorius has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup due to a thumb injury. The injury occurred earlier this month during the T20I series against India. South Africa has replaced Pretorius with Marco Jansen for the event.
Batters Sidelined for the tournament
Aside from the Pacers, players like Jonny Bairstow, Roy, Ravi Jadeja, Fakhar Zaman, Rassie Van Der Dussen, and many others won’t be playing either.