Suspense on this player playing the World Cup, will have to prove fitness in 2 weeks


durham (Best Hindu News): Before the World Cup, the New Zealand cricket team wants to give ample time to its captain Kane Williamson. The team has given Williamson two more weeks to prove his fitness.

The ODI World Cup-2023 to be played in India will start from 5 October. For this, all the teams will have to announce their initial team by 5 September. In such a situation, the New Zealand team is very worried about their captain Kane Williamson, who has been away from the game for a long time due to the injury suffered in the IPL this year and is still not fully fit.

Kane Williamson has two weeks to prove his fitness before the Blackcaps announce their squad for the World Cup.

The 33-year-old’s chances of participating in this year’s World Cup were initially considered slim. Earlier this year, he had injured his right knee during the opening match of IPL-2023 while representing Gujarat Titans against Chennai Super Kings.

But, he has worked hard to make a comeback in the World Cup. Recently returned to bat in the nets with his teammates. Till now he has not returned to the team as there is suspense regarding his fitness.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said Williamson was progressing well on his return to fitness, but still needed to prove himself on a number of scales before being considered for selection as team captain.

“We have got about two weeks from now till we name that final team. We will give him every chance and make full use of that time. He is in full rehabilitation mode, he is batting in the nets again. It was great to see this. He’s progressing really well, but there’s still a lot of work to do to make sure he’s where we need him.”

Teams have time till September 5 to name the preliminary squads to the ICC for the 13th edition of the World Cup and then submit the final list before the cut-off date of September 28.

Williamson is already a veteran of three World Cup campaigns with the Kiwis. He performed brilliantly in the most recent edition, scoring 578 runs at an average of 82.57.

His experience on the big stage will be crucial for New Zealand. They will be looking to lift the trophy in 2023 and Stead said the team is looking at all possible ways to include the captain.

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