Cricket World Cup: The New Zealand team has suffered a major setback before the Cricket World Cup. The team’s all-rounder Michael Bracewell will not be able to participate in this important tournament due to injury. Bracewell is the second big New Zealand player to be ruled out of the World Cup due to injury, before that captain Kane Williamson has also been ruled out of the World Cup due to ligament surgery. Williamson suffered this injury during IPL-2023. India is hosting the Cricket World Cup this time and it will be played in October-November 2023.
Talking about Bracewell, he got this injury during the T20 tournament in England last week. On Friday, playing for Worcestershire, returned after retiring for 11 runs in the match against Yorkshire. After this, the seriousness of his injury was ascertained.
Operation will be done in Britain on Thursday
32-year-old Bracewell will now have an operation in the UK on Thursday. Due to this, he may have to stay out of cricket for six to eight months. In such a situation, Bracewell will not be able to play the World Cup. Kiwi team coach Gair Stead termed Bracewell’s injury as a big blow for the team and hoped that the mentally strong all-rounder would make a strong comeback in the field after recovering. Let me tell you, New Zealand was the runner-up in the 2019 World Cup. Had to face defeat against England in the final.
Bracewell is a useful all-rounder in ODIs and T20s
Michael Bracewell, 32, has played eight Tests, 19 ODIs and 16 T20s for New Zealand so far. He is counted among the best all-rounders in the shorter format. Apart from scoring 510 runs (strike rate 118.60) in ODIs at an average of 42.50, he has also taken 15 wickets. In T20Is, he has taken 21 wickets along with scoring 113 runs. In Test cricket, 259 runs and 26 wickets are recorded in the name of off-spinner Bracewell.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 14, 2023, 11:01 AM