Mitchell fitness is a concern for New Zealand before the T20 World Cup
With only two weeks until their opening match at the T20 World Cup, New Zealand is left worrying about the health of all-rounder Daryl Mitchell. Mitchell fractured his finger while practising his hitting in the nets and is now unable to play in the current T20 tri-series between Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The right hand of the all-rounder is currently in a cast that must be worn for two weeks. Gary Stead, the head coach, stated that they will assess Mitchell’s chances of competing in the competition when some time has passed. On October 15, New Zealand is scheduled to leave for Australia. On October 22, they will play the hosts in their inaugural match.
On the brink of an exciting stretch of cricket for the team, Daryl’s injury is “very unfortunate,” Stead remarked. “Our T20 team has benefited greatly from Daryl’s development, and we will surely miss his adaptability and all-around skills throughout the Tri-Series. We need to take some time to think about Daryl’s rehabilitation schedule and his potential participation in the tournament before our first World Cup game, which is in a little more than two weeks.”
“It’s a tremendous tragedy that Daryl got hurt right before the team’s thrilling stretch of cricket. Our T20 team has benefited greatly from Daryl’s development, and we will surely miss his adaptability and all-around skills throughout the Tri-Series. We need to take some time to think about Daryl’s rehabilitation schedule and his potential inclusion in the tournament because our first World Cup game is in just over two weeks.
The performance of their skipper Kane Williamson, who has not had a fantastic year with the bat, is one of New Zealand’s major areas of concern. Additionally, he has suffered with an elbow issue. The Blackcaps will be hopeful that their skipper regains some form in time for the massive tournament, which starts this month in the neighbouring nation of Australia.
With an undefeated 72 against England in the semifinal of the 2021 T20 World Cup, Mitchell helped New Zealand advance to the championship match. Mitchell has lately cemented a permanent berth in the lineup across all forms.
The tri-series successor will be revealed in due time, according to New Zealand Cricket. Against Saturday, they take on Pakistan in the series opener (October 8).