New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has sustained a thumb fracture. Hence, he will miss upcoming games in ICC World Cup 2023 which comes as a big blow for New Zealand.

In the previous match against Bangladesh, Kane Williamson returned to the team after recovering from a knee injury. However, he was hit on his thumb during the match while batting.

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Tom Blundell Called As Backup For Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson will miss upcoming games in the ICC World Cup 2023. However, he is expected to be back in the latter half of the tournament. Tom Blundell has been called as a backup for Williamson.

“Firstly, we’re all feeling for Kane to have this occur after all his hard work to return from his knee injury. While it’s disappointing news, the initial diagnosis has given us some optimism he can still feature later in the pool play following a period of rest and rehabilitation”, New Zealand coach Gary Stead said.

“Kane is clearly a massive part of our side and a world class player and captain – so we’ll look to give him every opportunity we can to return in the tournament,” Stead further said.

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Speaking about Tom Blundell, Stead said that he performed well in the series against Pakistan and Bangladesh.

“Tom’s been with the one-day side on tours to Pakistan and Bangladesh and performed well. He covers multiple positions in the batting order and his wicket-keeping skills are also an added bonus as a back-up,” Stead said.

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Despite the injury, Williamson hasn’t been ruled out of the squad. Moreover, Blundell will not be added to the New Zealand squad but will remain as a reserve player.

New Zealand played two games in the absence of Williamson and Tom Latham led the side. Meanwhile, New Zealand will face Afghanistan in their next match on October 18. The Blackcaps have won 2 games in the tournament so far.

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