Last Update on: April 2nd, 2023 at 10:00 am
Gary Stead, the coach of New Zealand cricket, has raised concern regarding skipper Kane Williamson‘s injuries ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Williamson was forced to miss the IPL 2023 due to a knee injury.
Stead stressed the importance of Kane Williamson being fit and well for the World Cup, as he is an important player for their side. While the coach did not disclose specifics on Williamson’s injury, he did stress that the squad will be cautious in monitoring his workload to ensure he is fully recovered.
Due to a knee injury sustained during Friday’s season-opening match in Ahmedabad against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson will not participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2023. The batter for the Gujarat Titans was forced to leave the field after becoming tangled up while attempting to rescue a boundary. Sai Sudharsan later took his spot as an “Impact Player,” entering the mix.
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It seems sensible that the Black Caps would be worried about the severity of his injury given how crucial he is to New Zealand’s cricketing setup and how close the ICC World Cup is.
“Our first thoughts are obviously with him” – Gary Stead On Kane Williamson
IANS reports that New Zealand coach Gary Stead said it was “too early to know” how long Kane Williamson would be sidelined and whether or not the former Black Caps captain would be ready for the championship match, which would take place in India later this year. When asked about Williamson’s World Cup eligibility on Saturday during the pre-game press conference for the T20I series opener against Sri Lanka, New Zealand coach Gary Stead put on a careful façade.
“Our first thoughts are obviously with him, we’re not sure at this stage of the severity of the injury. He’s being assessed in the next 24-48 hours, so we will know more after that,” Stead was quoted as saying by media in New Zealand.
“All we know at this stage is it’s his right knee. Unfortunately, I can’t give you much more than that now until we find out more information. It’s not nice to see anyone, let alone the captain of your white ball team, being injured. It’s a big blow for him, and it’s a big blow for us,” Stead added.
The Black Caps coaching and medical staff hoped to hear a more thorough assessment from Williamson’s Gujarat Titans franchise by Sunday morning, with Williamson presumably having had a knee scan.