New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the opening match of the ODI World Cup next week to recover from a knee injury.
Williamson was part of the team’s Friday warm-up match against Pakistan in Hyderabad but only as a batsman and will aim to bat and field in the second warm-up fixture on Monday.
New Zealand cricket said in a statement that the captain would “continue to progress his knee rehabilitation”.
“Right from the start we’ve taken a long-term view on Kane’s return to play,” head coach Gary Stead said.
“His recovery is tracking well and it’s now a matter of making sure he can cope with the rigours and intensity of international cricket,” he added.
“We’ll continue to take a day by day approach to Kane’s rehabilitation and certainly won’t be putting any pressure on him to return before he is ready.”
Wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham is leading New Zealand against Pakistan.
Williamson was included in the team despite concerns over his injury from this year’s Indian Premier League.
He comes off a six-month lay-off as New Zealand look to build on their runners-up finish in the last edition of the 50-over World Cup in 2019, when they lost a dramatic final to England.
The Black Caps will play their second and final warm-up against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram before the tournament opener on October 5 in Ahmedabad.
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