Devon Conway has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup final following broken hand. New Zealand coach said, “He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time.”
New Zealand cricket informed on Twitter that Devon Conway will not be available for the final of the T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday against Australia. Reportedly he sustained an injury in his right hand during the first semi-final between New Zealand and England. A x-ray eventually confirmed a break to his right hand fifth Metacarpal.
New Zealand cricket tweeted, “Devon Conway has been ruled out of the @T20WorldCup Final and following tour to India with a broken right hand. Conway sustained the injury when he struck his bat immediately after being dismissed in last night’s semi-final.”
The Blackcaps coach Gary Stead said, ” Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the BLACKCAPS and no one is more disappointed at the moment than he is – so we’re really trying to rally around him.” He added, “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.”
The coach further remarked, “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 anyway he can for the remainder of the tour before he returns home to recover.”
However, the Kiwis will not bring replacement due to the time constraints. “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.”