Karachi: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the ODI series against Bangladesh due to a small tear in his left elbow, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said.
According to Black Caps medical manager Dayle Shackel, the tear had been irritating the 30-year-old for months.
“He now needs a period of rest and rehabilitation to get the injury right,” Shackel said in a statement.
Meanwhile, head coach Gary Stead that the side wanted Williamson’s injury to be dealt with before the all-important ICC World Test Championship final against India in June
“We want to make sure we have Kane fit and firing for that,” Stead said.
“We will certainly miss his class and leadership in the upcoming Bangladesh series, but his omission will no doubt present an opportunity for someone else when the ODI squad is named,” he added.
Note, New Zealand will play three ODIs against Bangladesh from March 20, followed by three T20Is.