New Zealand receive a huge blow ahead of the finals

Devon Conway

New Zealand’s wicket-keeper batsmen Devon Conway has been ruled out of the ICC T20 World Cup and also from the upcoming bilateral series against India.

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Devon Conway sustained the injury while playing the semi-final against England on Wednesday. Conway was ruled out of the tournament on Thursday after breaking his hand when he punched his bat out of frustration after being dismissed. Devon Conway was on 46 when Jos Buttler stumped him out off Liam Livingstone’s delivery. An ‘X Ray’ on Thursday confirmed that the southpaw has broken his fifth metacarpal in his right hand.

This is the second time New Zealand have received a huge blow due to injury in the ongoing tournament. Earlier Lockie Ferguson was ruled out on the day of their Super 12 opener against Pakistan due to a calf tear.  

“He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time,” said Gary Stead, the head coach of New Zealand, said of Conway.

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“Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the Black Caps and no one is more disappointed at the moment than he is – so we’re really trying to rally around him.

“It looked a pretty innocuous reactionary incident on the field, but the blow obviously caught the bat between the glove padding and while it’s not the smartest thing he’s done there’s certainly an element of bad luck in the injury.

“Devon is a great team-man and a very popular member of the side so we’re all feeling for him.

“He’s determined to support the team in any way he can for the remainder of the tour before he returns home to recover.

“Due to the timelines, we won’t be bringing in a replacement player for this World Cup or next week’s T20 series against India, but are working through our options for the Test series later this month.”

Batting at No. 4 Conway played a crucial knock of 46 runs off 38 deliveries which Daryl Mitchell who wasn’t getting any support from the other end.

New Zealand named the same 15 man squad which is playing the World Cup for the series against India which is starting from November 17, just three days after the finals of the mega event.

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