Cricket World Cup 2023: Discover the Roster of Injured Players Forced to Sit Out of the Marquee Event


Cricket World Cup 2023: Discover the Roster of Injured Players Forced to Sit Out of the Marquee Event

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The highly anticipated 2023 Cricket World Cup kicked off on Thursday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, featuring a captivating clash between last edition’s finalists, England and New Zealand. While New Zealand’s skipper, Kane Williamson, was fortunate to make the squad, he won’t be available for the opening game against England. However, a string of unfortunate injuries prevented several other prominent players from representing their respective teams on the world stage.

Rishabh Pant (India): The dynamic wicket-keeper batter, Rishabh Pant, has been on the sidelines since a near-fatal car accident last year. He’s tirelessly working on his recovery, aiming to make a triumphant return to competitive cricket.

Michael Bracewell (New Zealand): A key New Zealand all-rounder, Michael Bracewell, suffered an injury during England’s domestic T20 tournament, forcing him out of the World Cup. His right Achilles rupture requires a significant healing period.

Naseem Shah (Pakistan): Regarded as one of the most promising pacers globally, Naseem Shah’s World Cup dreams were dashed just days before the tournament’s commencement. He sustained an injury during the Asia Cup Super 4 clash against India and has been unable to regain fitness.

Ashton Agar (Australia): Australia’s hopes were dampened when a calf injury sidelined Ashton Agar from the World Cup. Although he managed to return for the first ODI against India, ongoing injury concerns led to him missing the subsequent matches.

Ebadot Hossain (Bangladesh): A severe ACL injury ruled out the promising Bangladeshi star, Ebadot Hossain, from the World Cup. His recovery process indicates a prolonged absence from the field.

Anrich Nortje (South Africa): South Africa suffered a significant blow with the loss of express pacer Anrich Nortje due to a lower back injury. Lizard Williams stepped in to replace him in the squad.

Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka): A key asset for Sri Lanka, particularly with his bowling prowess, Wanindu Hasaranga was forced to sit out of the ODI World Cup due to a hamstring injury sustained during the Lankan Premier League. He also missed the Asia Cup 2023.

Axar Patel (India): Initially included in India’s World Cup squad, Axar Patel suffered an injury during the Asia Cup 2023 and hasn’t made a full recovery. He was replaced by Ravichandran Ashwin in the Indian roster.

Sisanda Magala (South Africa): Ongoing concerns with his right knee led to the replacement of South African speedster Sisanda Magala by Andile Phehlukwayo in the 15-member squad for World Cup 2023.

Dushmantha Chameera (Sri Lanka): Dushmantha Chameera sustained a pectoral muscle injury during the Lanka Premier League in August, preventing him from representing Sri Lanka in the tournament.

The absence of these talented players is undoubtedly a setback for their respective teams, leaving fans and cricket enthusiasts eagerly anticipating how the remaining squads will perform in this year’s Cricket World Cup.


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