With just two weeks left for their first game at the T20 World Cup, New Zealand is left sweating over the fitness of Daryl Mitchell after the all-rounder fractured his finger while batting in the nets and stands ruled out of the ongoing T20 tri-series involving Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The allrounder’s right hand has now been placed in a cast which has to remain for two weeks. Head Coach Gary Stead revealed that they will take some time to evaluate the chances of Mitchell participating in the tournament. New Zealand is set to depart for Australia on October 15. Their first game will be against the hosts on October 22.
“It’s a real shame for Daryl to suffer this injury on the eve of an exciting period of cricket for the side,” Stead said. “Daryl’s become a really important player to our T20 unit and we’re certainly going to miss his all-round skills and versatility in the Tri-Series. With our first game of the World Cup in just over two weeks, we need to take some time to consider Daryl’s recovery timeline and his potential involvement in the tournament.”
Mitchell has nailed a permanent spot in the side recently across formats and played a big role in helping New Zealand reach the final of the 2021 T20 World Cup with an unbeaten 72 against England in the semifinal. New Zealand Cricket has announced that they will be naming a replacement for the tri-series in due course. They play their first game of the series against Pakistan on Saturday (October 8).