Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, will not participate in the tournament’s first match against reigning champions England at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. Williamson’s recuperation was discussed in depth in an official announcement from the New Zealand administration.
Williamson will participate in the warm-up match against Pakistan, which is slated to be played on Friday afternoon in Hyderabad, as a “batsman-only,” according to the press release. Instead of Williamson, the team will be led by wicketkeeper-batter Tom Latham. However, the management will attempt to assess his physical condition in the upcoming exhibition game against South Africa in Trivandrum, where he would be both batting and fielding.
“We have approached Kane’s return to play with a long-term perspective from the beginning. His recuperation is going well, and the next step is to make sure he can handle the pressure and rigors of playing international cricket. Coach Gary Stead was cited in the official statement as stating, “We’ll continue to take a day-by-day approach to Kane’s rehabilitation and certainly won’t be putting any pressure on him to return before he is ready.”
Kane Williamson Fitness Report
Williamson missed the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in early April after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Williamson suffered an injury while playing for the Gujarat Titans. Raising questions about whether he would play in the World Cup. He had surgery that month. And he has since displayed hopeful indicators that he will be ready for the World Cup.
New Zealand vs. Pakistan Warm-Up Match Highlights
The five-wicket victory over Pakistan that New Zealand had to chase down featured several positives. Kane Williamson’s fifty upon his comeback after a protracted injury layoff will be among the highlights. New Zealand will be happy to have its captain back among the runs, despite the fact that he will miss the World Cup’s first encounter on October 5. Opening the batting, Rachin Ravindra hit a magnificent 97, while Daryl Mitchell added a reliable 50. The Pakistani bowlers were then utterly destroyed by Mark Chapman and James Neesham. Who brought the match to a close with 38 balls remaining.
In Shaheen Afridi’s absence, Pakistan’s bowling was toothless since he did not enter the pitch. Although Hasan Ali bowled a tight first spell, he erred in line and length in his second and ended up going at 8.60 runs per over in his 7.4 overs. Haris Rauf was taken for 36 in his four overs. Usama Mir, the other leg-spinner on the team, picked up two wickets but was pricey in the beginning. While Shadab Khan also failed to roll his arm over. For the Pakistan bowling attack, which will have to play two games in Hyderabad during the World Cup proper. There are still many unsolved concerns.