Published:17 March 2021
New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the ODI series against Bangladesh due to an elbow injury, which begins on Saturday, March 20. New Zealand Cricket reported it on Monday, March 8. Williamson recently captained the Kiwis to a 3-2 T20I series win over Australia, despite failing to live up to standards with the bat.
Kane only scored 82 runs in five games against Australia. In the latter half of the summer, the veteran had a small tear in his left elbow tendon and was "experiencing irritation." The news about Kane was presented by Dayle Shackel, the New Zealand Cricket medical officer. He confirmed that the Tauranga native must begin recovery as soon as possible to become fit.
Kane has been treating his elbow injury in various ways this summer, but it hasn't healed. He did a lot of preparation and playing time in all three formats, which has hampered his recovery. Timeframes differ, but he should be able to start recovery next week after an initial rest.
The Black Caps' head coach, Gary Stead, has confirmed that he wants Kane to get back in shape for the upcoming assignments, including the World Test Championship final against India in June.
New Zealand will play three T20Is against Bangladesh and the three ODIs in Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington. New Zealand cricketers will also compete in the entire 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL), which will begin on April 9.