Why is Kane Williamson not playing today’s NZ vs AFG 2023 World Cup match?

Why is Kane Williamson not playing today’s NZ vs AFG 2023 World Cup match?

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson made an impressive comeback to international cricket, scoring 78 off 107 balls in the team’s 2023 World Cup win over Bangladesh in Chennai on October 13. This was Williamson’s first international match since he ruptured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 opener.

Williamson, however, looked in complete control during his comeback match against Bangladesh, hitting eight fours and six. His comeback was short-lived, though, as he had to retire hurt after being struck on his hand by a throw while completing a run. It was later confirmed that he had suffered a thumb fracture.

Kane Williamson’s 2023 World Cup Participation Still a Possibility, Says Coach Gary Stead.

“Firstly, we’re all feeling for Kane to have this occur after all his hard work to return from his knee injury. While it’s disappointing news, the initial diagnosis has given us some optimism he can still feature later in the pool play following a period of rest and rehabilitation.Kane is clearly a massive part of our side and a world-class player and captain – so we’ll look to give him every opportunity we can to return in the tournament.” Stead was quoted as saying in media reports. 

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