Two weeks before their first T20 World Cup match, the Kiwis are worried about Daryl Mitchell’s fitness after fractured his finger during net practice and is unable to participate in the ongoing T20 tri-series between Pakistan and Bangladesh.
A cast has been placed on the allrounder’s right hand, and it will remain on for two weeks. Mitchell’s chances of participating in the tournament will be evaluated over a period of time, according to Head Coach Gary Stead. A flight from New Zealand to Australia is scheduled for October 15. On October 22, they’ll play the hosts.
“It’s a real shame that Daryl suffered this injury just before an exciting period for the team,” Stead said. During the Tri-Series, we will certainly miss Daryl’s all-round skills and versatility, as he has become an indispensable member of our T20 team. We need to consider Daryl’s recovery timeline and his potential involvement in the World Cup since our first game is just over two weeks away.”
With an unbeaten 72 against England in the semifinal of the 2021 T20 World Cup, Mitchell has cemented a permanent spot in the side across formats.
There will be a replacement named for the tri-series in due course, according to New Zealand Cricket. On Saturday (October 8), they play the first game of the series against Pakistan.