Injury forces Williamson to miss remainder of Pakistan series

Due to a hamstring injury, Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, will miss the remaining matches in the Twenty20 International series against Pakistan. During the second T20I in Hamilton, the 33-year-old sustained an injury while batting and had to leave the game injured. A little strain was discovered by later scans.

By the way, Williamson injured his right leg in the first IPL 2023 match last year; this time, it’s the same leg that has strained his hamstrings. He was then sidelined for a significant portion of the year due to surgery repair of his ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments. Williamson received another injury-related setback during the ODI World Cup when he was hit by a toss during a match against Bangladesh, breaking his finger.

New Zealand Cricket is still working out a schedule for his recovery and comeback to cricket after this most recent injury, hoping to have him ready for selection for the Test series against South Africa that begins next month.

Will Young, a batter, joined the squad before Wednesday’s match in Dunedin and will now be with them for the remaining three games of the Pakistan series. To manage his fitness, Williamson was supposed to be rested from the third Twenty20 International. Tim Seifert is expected to replace Devon Conway in the starting lineup and take over as goalie.

“Without Kane, it would be a different test. I believe he consistently gives your batting that stability. Tim Seifert will undoubtedly have the chance to step in and fill in the shoes that Kane has most likely left empty for the remainder of the series at that point,” said coach Gary Stead. 

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