CricketDaryl Mitchell will play the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup despite sustaining a fractured hand last week
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New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell said on Monday that he would play in the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup despite suffering a fractured hand last week. A few days ago it was reported that Daryl Mitchell fractured a finger during training and he has been ruled out of the T20 tri-series. His participation in the T20 World Cup was now seriously in doubt.

But now the batsman has been given the green signal for the World Cup starting Sunday in Australia, although he may miss New Zealand’s opening match.

“Obviously it’s a big relief, but it’s really nice to be approved and to give this hand a chance to be ready,” Mitchell told reporters.

“The fracture is in a good place and it will heal in time.”

Mitchell was a key performance in New Zealand’s race to the final of last year’s T20 World Cup, which they lost to Australia in Dubai. At the same time, Mitchell has emerged as the best performing batsman in the middle order for New Zealand. Especially since he has played some memorable innings in England, since then the expectations of New Zealand fans have also increased from him.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead expects Daryl Mitchell to be ruled out of New Zealand’s opening match on October 22 when they face Australia again. This will be a very important match.

The 31-year-old is expected to be fully fit for New Zealand’s second group match against Afghanistan on October 26. Stead said pacer Adam Milne could be fit for the next match of the tri-series against Pakistan in Christchurch on Tuesday after being forced off the field with an abdominal strain in Sunday’s win over Bangladesh.