New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh, which is all set to start on March 20 in Dunedin, as the captain has to take a rest and rehabilitate to get back in his full fitness from a left elbow injury.
Notably, New Zealand’s all-format skipper has sustained a small tear injury in his left elbow tendon and he has been experiencing irritation throughout the second half of the summer. Meanwhile, NZC medical manager Dayle Shackel has confirmed that Kane Williamson had been trying to manage the injury, but it didn’t show any improvement and that’s why he needs time for rest and rehabilitation.
“Kane’s been managing the elbow injury to varying degrees this summer and unfortunately it hasn’t improved,” Shackel said. “He obviously has a high volume of training and playing across the three formats, which has inhibited his ability to recover. We believe he now needs a period of rest and rehabilitation to get the injury right.”
“Time-frames can vary but we’re hopeful that, after an initial rest, he should be able to begin rehabilitation next week,” Shackel again shared.
“Kane loves playing for his country”: Gary Stead about Kane Williamson
On the other hand, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead has revealed it was tough for Kane Williamson to take a step back, but he did it, keeping the busy cricketing year ahead in mind. While New Zealand will hope for his quick recovery prior to their tour to England for a two-Test series in June, they will play the inaugural World Test Championship final against India from July 18 as well.
And, New Zealand would love to have their captain back in the squad ahead of these two important assignments as well. “Kane loves playing for his country – so it hasn’t been an easy decision to step back,” Stead said. “A batsman’s front elbow is crucial to his game and with the injury not improving it was clear something needed to be done.”
“We’ve got a huge year of cricket ahead with an England Test tour and ICC World Test Championship Final first up in May and June [June and July], and we want to make sure we have Kane fit and firing for that,” Stead further added.
There is also a question mark on the appearance of Kane Williamson in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which will be played in India in July where he plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad as well.