IPL 2021: New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday confirmed that skipper Kane Williamson has sustained an elbow injury and the cricketer will not take part in the upcoming three games ODI series against Bangladesh. Kane Williamson to be specific has sustained a small tear in his left elbow tendon and will be out from cricket for a while to recover from the injury.
New Zealand coach Garry Stead in conversation to ESPNcricinfo said Williamson will require at least three weeks to recover from his injury. Stead also assured that they will constantly talk with the skipper and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) franchise.
“It’s likely in about three weeks that Kane will be pretty close to being right up ready to go so that fits in with the time frames around the start of the IPL. We’ll keep talking with him and Sunrisers Hyderabad as well and just making sure he is 100% before he starts again,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Stead as saying.
“We just want Kane to be free from all these irritations. His fitness is paramount for New Zealand cricket keeping in mind the upcoming packed action ahead. Just some weeks of rest will get him on the track again.”
Medical Manager of New Zealand Cricket Dayle Shackel also said that the injury needed a specified treatment and we cannot leave it on god.
“Kane’s been managing the elbow injury to varying degrees this summer and unfortunately it hasn’t improved. 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,” Shackel said in an official NZC release.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will be tensed after hearing this news. However, New Zealand Cricket has confirmed that Kane Williamson will be fit around the start of the Indian T20 League.
The IPL 2021 will begin on 09th April with Mumbai Indians taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai. Sunrisers Hyderabad will start their IPL 2021 campaign on 11th April 2021 against Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai.
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