Proteas’ Anrich Nortje ruled out of WC due to injury
South Africa have been dealt a massive blow to their 2019 Cricket World Cup campaign after their fast bowler Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the summer’s showpiece event with a fractured hand.
It is a painful moment for the 25-year-old Anrich Nortje who actually pushed himself harder to get into the 15-man squad despite representing the nation only in four ODIs.
Nortje ran through a shoulder injury during an ODI series against Sri Lanka back in March after which he was even ruled out of the lucrative Indian Premier League tournament. He was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders at his base price of INR 20 lakh at the mega auction in December.
But things got even worse for him as he wouldn’t be a part of the World Cup. Earlier, it really seemed realistic that he would spice it up in the world cup in the hope that he would recuperate an injury but unfortunately, he won’t get a ticket to fly with the squad to England.
On Tuesday, Proteas management confirmed the news that fast bowler had been withdrawn from the squad owing to a fractured hand.
“Anrich sustained a fracture to his right thumb during a net session in Port Elizabeth on Monday. He immediately consulted a hand surgeon and underwent surgery to stabilise the joint and will unfortunately be side-lined for up to eight weeks. This makes him unavailable for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup,” Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee was quoted as saying by sports24.co.za.
“It is an unfortunate and freakish injury, especially because he had made a successful recovery from the shoulder injury he sustained during the series against Sri Lanka.
“He has had a few injury setbacks in the last year but knowing Anrich’s character, he will be motivated to come back stronger. We wish him a speedy recovery,” he said.