Kane Williamson is not playing in the ongoing ODI series against Bangladesh due to a knee injury. The rehabbing Kiwi captain was supposed to return for the T20 series. However, Williamson will not be able to fully recover before the T20 series, which will begin on December 27. Because of that, Williamson has been eliminated from this series.
On the other hand, Kiwi pacer Kyle Jamieson will not play in the T20 series due to a hamstring injury sustained in the Test series in Bangladesh.
Rachin Ravindra and Jacob Duffy have been called up in place of these two. In the absence of Williamson, Mitchell Santner will be seen in the captaincy role.
Williamson had to stay out of the field for seven months due to a knee injury in the last IPL. The New Zealand Cricket Board (NZC) said Williamson needs to undergo rehabilitation to be fully fit despite recently playing in India and Bangladesh.
On the other hand, New Zealand wants Jamieson completely injury-free for the upcoming Test series against South Africa and Australia. That’s why the Kiwis don’t want to take extra risk by playing these two.
Regarding the absence of Williamson and Jamieson in the T20 against Bangladesh, New Zealand coach Gary Steed said, ‘We want to get both Kane (Williamson) and Kyle (Jameison) in the best possible condition for the upcoming South Africa and Australia series. After discussions with the medical staff and the players concerned, rehabilitation and conditioning seemed to be the best course of action for them.’
The two teams will face each other in the first T20 in Napier on December 27. The next two matches in the series will be at Mt Manganui, on December 27 and 31.
New Zealand T20 squad against Bangladesh:
Mitchell Santner (captain), Finn Allen, Mark Chapman, Jacob Duffy, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee.