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Jasprit Bumrah’s back stress injury is not career-threatening, according to an ICC Medical Advisory Committee member

While every cricket fan has been devastated by Jasprit Bumrah’s anticipated absence from the ICC T20 World Cup, there is now some positive news on his injury front. In an interview with the TOI, Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala, a member of the ICC medical advisory council, said the pacer’s injury would not spoil his stellar career.

“Stress fractures of the back are not career-threatening or career-ending. In most instances, once you rest and rehabilitate, you can return to complete normalcy. Although stress reactions heal quickly, stress fractures take a long time and the recovery is frustratingly slow because there’s not too much that you can do except for unloading the area and subsequently gradually reintroducing loads once healing is complete.” Dr. Pardiwala said.

According to Pardiwala, a stress fracture occurs as a result of repeated micro-injury, which accumulates over weeks or months. “Any pacer is susceptible to stress fractures in the low back, which usually occur on the side opposite the bowling arm.”

When asked whether India can risk sending Jasprit Bumrah to the World Cup with this ailment and hoping for rapid recovery after taking painkillers, Pardiwala, who has treated renowned players such as Neeraj Chopra, Saina Nehwal, and Ravindra Jadeja, advised against it.