Injury rules Williamson out of Bangladesh ODIs

New Zealand full-time captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of three-match ODI series against Bangladesh this month.

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Williamson has a small tear in his left elbow tendon which has troubled him in the past few days. He carried the injury in recently concluded five-T20I series against Australia.

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“Kane loves playing for his country – so it hasn’t been an easy decision to step back. A batsman’s front elbow is crucial to his game and with the injury not improving it was clear something needed to be done,” New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said.

“You’ve probably got to think the amount of time he’s been batting this year has actually brought on these symptoms, a bit of an overuse injury.

“We’ve got a huge year of cricket ahead with an England Test tour and ICC World Test Championship Final first up in May and June, and we want to make sure we have Kane fit and firing for that.

“We will certainly miss his class and leadership in the upcoming Bangladesh series, but his omission will no doubt present an opportunity for someone else when the ODI squad is named.”

The three ODIs will be played on March 20, 23 and 26, which will be folllowed by T20Is on March 28, 30 and April 1. It is highly likely Williamson will miss the shorter format as well due to travelling to India for IPL that starts on April 9.

“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,” Stead said.

New Zealand will announce their squad on Thursday (March 11).

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