The Biggest cricket tournament is around the corner, where 10 teams will compete to attain the title of “World Champions”. Players will be excited and eager to perform but many players have also undergone some critical injuries that might put a question mark on their availability in the World Cup, the absence of these players will certainly affect the outcome of the game. So here are some players that might miss the CWC due to injury.
The explosive opening batter from England was kept out of the English World Cup squad, after a spasm in his back. The 33-year-old was also kept out of the New Zealand series, Roy played only one of the four ODIs against New Zealand. David Malan replaced him in that series and scored 54, 96, and 127 at the top of the order. The young batting sensation, Harry Brook has been named in the squad as Roy’s replacement.
Indian team has been constantly under the fear of injuries, as Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, and Shreyas Iyer are returning from injury, the experienced Indian all-rounder, Axar Patel has got a sprain in his left quadriceps. In India’s last Super-4 match against Bangladesh, the left-armer played a sensational knock and brought India close to victory, getting injured in the same game.
His selection in the squad has been under question.
The 20-year-old ruthless bowler has been a player to watch out for in the Asia Cup 2023. The young Pakistani played four matches and bagged seven wickets. In the match against India, Naseem Shah underwent a shoulder injury. PCB will look forward to Mohammad Hasnain, and Shahnawaz Dahani as Shah’s replacement.
Haris Rauf, the spearhead of the Pakistani bowling lineup, bowled less than an over before he left the field in the same game as Naseem. The Right-arm quick has been the go-to man for Pakistan in any kind of situation. The PCB has reported that he may recover quickly, and be available for the World Cup.
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A hamstring injury sustained by the Sri Lankan spinner in their final Super-4 match against Pakistan prevented him from playing in the Asia Cup 2023 final, in which Sri Lanka lost by a margin of 10 wickets. Theekshana, an integral component of Sri Lanka’s system, could be a major loss for the 1996 champions at the 2018 World Cup.
Wanindu Hasaranga is a brilliant spinner and a handy batsman, who has the capability to hit sixes at will. The spin-bowling all-rounder from Sri Lanka missed the entire 2023 Asia Cup because of a thigh strain he received while playing in the top-scoring and top-wicket-taking Lanka Premier League.
A lower-back issue has been plaguing the South African pacer. He made a comeback during South Africa’s second one-day international match against Australia. However, he left the field after only five overs. Due to his extensive IPL playing experience, Nortje might be a major loss for the Proteas.
During their ODI series against England, the seasoned New Zealand pacer, Tim Southee suffered a thumb fracture. The 34-year-old is anticipated to miss the World Cup after dropping a catch at Lord’s and suffering a dislocated and broken bone in his right thumb.
During Australia’s ODI series against South Africa, the opening batsman, Travis Head suffered a fracture to his left hand. The five-time champions were devastated because Head and David Warner had begun to work well together up top. Travis Head had been in form and was attacking the bowlers, taking a test of their temperament.