New Zealand cricket team head coach Gary Stead is confident that his team’s leading batsman Kane Williamson will be fit before the team’s first match against Pakistan on 26 October. Williamson suffered a muscle strain during an IPL match last week. Williamson did not play the last league match for Sunrisers Hyderabad, but Stead said that his injury is not a concern.
He said, ‘Kane is fit. There is a slight strain in his muscles, but now he is feeling well. His team (Sunrisers Hyderabad) was also out of IPL 2021 and I can’t say for sure that this must have been one of the reasons for him not playing. Williamson has joined the New Zealand team after the IPL. Other players who are associated with the team from IPL include the names of James Neesham and Adam Milne.
Apart from these, Shane Bond, former fast bowler of Kiwi team and bowling coach of Mumbai Indians in IPL, has also joined the New Zealand team. It may sound a bit strange, but the Kiwi team has appointed Bond to work exclusively with the spinners of the national team during the T20 World Cup. Bond will remain with the team as the fourth coach. He will assist bowling coach Shane Jurgensen, working with the team’s spinners. Stead told New Zealand Cricket, ‘They are working exclusively with spin bowlers. It’s good when you see a large number of bowlers. This will help Shane.