Due to hamstring niggles, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and all-rounder Mark Chapman will not participate in the T20 World Cup warm-up match against the Netherlands in Dubai on Saturday.
“Kane Williamson and Mark Chapman will miss tomorrow’s warm-up match against @KNCBcricket as a precaution due to hamstring niggles,” the Black Caps said on Twitter.
Kane Williamson and Mark Chapman will sit out tomorrow's warm up match against @KNCBcricket as a precaution with hamstring niggles. A 1pm start tomorrow at the @ICC Academy Grounds in Dubai. Batting coach Luke Ronchi on what the team hopes to get out of the game. #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/OD9weiIAks— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 15, 2021
Williamson downplayed worries about his health ahead of the Kiwis’ T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan on October 26. He characterised his hamstring strain as “minimal,” but revealed that an elbow niggle is hurting his grip.
On Sunday, the competition proper begins.
“Minor, (it’s) OK, and things are going nicely. As a result, there are no grievances “During an ICC-organized media conference call, he answered to a question.
He did admit, though, that his rehabilitation from an elbow ailment that had been plaguing him for some time had been gradual.
“…it’s just been a bit of a slow-burner for a long time….quite aggravating. However, it has really improved in the two months since I returned from the World Test Championship “he stated
“On rehab, it appears to be moving progress, which is encouraging, but it will take some time to go back to 100 percent,” he continued.