Star New Zealand wicketkeeper-batter Devon Conway has been ruled out of the Final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as well as the subsequent India series due to a broken hand.
Notably, Conway suffered the injury during the semi-final clash against Eoin Morgan-led England National Cricket Team at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, November 10.
In the 14th over of the match which was bowled by Liam Livingstone, Conway got out as he ran down the track but was unable to make any connection between the bat and ball and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler flicked off the bails.
Meanwhile, he was frustrated after losing his wicket and he punched his bat in frustration and during this process, he sustained a severe injury.
He was taken for X-rays after the match and it was found that he had broken his fifth metacarpal in his right hand and he will not be able to compete in the final and the subsequent India series.
No One Is More Disappointed At The Moment Than Devon Conway Is – Gary Stead
The Head coach of the New Zealand National Cricket Team Gary Stead has said that Conway is very disappointed after getting ruled out due to an injury. He said:
“He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time,”
“Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the Black Caps and no one is more disappointed at the moment than he is – so we’re really trying to rally around him.“
Gary Stead also said that it was an “innocuous reactionary incident” and was not the smartest thing to do but Conway was unfortunate that he suffered a serious injury. He asserted:
“It looked a pretty innocuous reactionary incident on the field, but the blow obviously caught the bat between the glove padding and while it’s not the smartest thing he’s done there’s certainly an element of bad luck in the injury.
“Devon is a great team-man and a very popular member of the side so we’re all feeling for him.
“He’s determined to support the team in any way he can for the remainder of the tour before he returns home to recover.”
“Due to the timelines we won’t be bringing in a replacement player for this World Cup or next week’s T20 series against India, but are working through our options for the Test series later this month.” Gary Stead further added.
Meanwhile, New Zealand will lock horns with Australia in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on November 14 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.