NZ vs BAN: Kane Williamson ruled out of ODI series due to an elbow injury

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NZ vs BAN ODI series: Kane Williamson ruled out of ODI series due to an elbow injury- New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh due to a left elbow injury.

As per a report from local media, Williamson would sit out three ODIs beginning in Dunedin on Saturday this week. He will go rehabilitation process to recover from the injury that has troubled him throughout the season.

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In a statement, the New Zealand Cricket confirmed Williamson has a small tear in his left elbow and had been facing problem for quite some time.

Speaking about the injury, NZC medical manager Dayle Shackle said that the injury needs an intervention.

Kane’s been managing the elbow injury to varying degrees this summer and unfortunately, it hasn’t improved,” Shackel said.

“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. Time-frames can vary but we’re hopeful that, after an initial rest, he should be able to begin rehabilitation next week,” he added.

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Kane Williamson will not feature in upcoming T20 matches and ODI series as he will travel to the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) for the league’s 14th edition.

He will then move to England to play against India in the WTC Final at Southampton from June 18.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead has said that it was a big blow to lose the skipper ahead of the ODI series but it was the right move.

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“Kane loves playing for his country – so it hasn’t been an easy decision to step back,” Stead said.

“A batsman’s front elbow is crucial to his game and with the injury not improving it was clear something needed to be done.

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“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.”

New Zealand Cricket will announce the squad for NZ vs BAN ODI and T20I series on Thursday.