New Zealand Cricket Board says the standard rehabilitation timelines mean that Kane Williamson is now unlikely to be fit and available for selection at this year’s ODI Cricket World Cup.
- Williamson will have surgery on his knee within next 3 weeks
- Williamson stressed that he will focus on surgery and start rehab
- Williamson suffered the injury while fielding for Gujarat Titans
By PosterGuy: Kane Williamson is likely to miss the ODI Cricket World Cup after suffering a knee injury in the IPL 2023.
Williamson, who was ruled out of the IPL after Gujarat Titans’ opening match, will undergo surgery on his injured right knee, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced on Thursday.
The board added that the “standard rehabilitation timelines mean that Williamson is now unlikely to be fit and available for selection at this year’s ICC ODI Cricket World Cup in India”.
According to the scans, Williamson ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament while fielding for his team Gujarat Titans against Chennai Super Kings on March 31. He is likely to have surgery on his knee within the next three weeks.
Williamson, who led New Zealand to finish as runners-up in 2019 World Cup, stressed that he will focus on the surgery and start rehab as soon as possible.
“I’ve received great support over the past few days and want to thank both the Gujarat Titans and New Zealand Cricket for that,” Williamson said.
“Naturally, it’s disappointing to get such an injury, but my focus now is on having the surgery and starting rehab It’s going to take some time, but I’ll be doing everything I can to get back on the field as soon as possible.”
Williamson also stressed that he will do whatever it takes to get fit with the help of head coach Gary Stead and the team.
“I look forward to doing what I can to support Gary and the team over the next few months,” Williamson said.
IPL 2023 defending champions Gujarat Titans replaced Williamson with Sri Lanka white-ball captain Dasun Shanaka. The Sri Lankan joined GT to feature in his maiden IPL for a base price of INR 50 lakh.