New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is doubtful for the third Test match against Bangladesh after suffering shoulder injury while fielding during the Bangladesh’s first innings. The team management has decided to be more patient with Kane considering his importance and the upcoming World Cup in England.

Sunrisers Hyderabad are also monitoring his situation as he is one of their star players and has been a consistent performer in the last few editions. The MRI scans have confirmed that he suffered a grade one tear to the pectoral minor muscle in his left shoulder.

Even coach Gary Stead stated that they would be cautious with their skipper in the coming days.

“No player wants to give up their spot in the Test team. But I think it’s safe to say that we will probably err on the conservative side, and if there’s any chance of risk then we’re likely to pull him from that game.”

He is hopeful of Kane’s quick recovery.

“There’s obviously irritation and a wee bit of bleeding, it’s not a major injury,” Stead said.

“We’re hopeful that he will recover quickly, and the thing for us is to make sure he doesn’t aggravate it any more. He will come to Christchurch and we will make an assessment there on whether he plays.”

He might have to delay his departure for the IPL. “If things progress as we hope, then still going to the IPL shouldn’t be a problem to him,” said Stead.

“But he’s also aware that if he’s not quite 100 per cent, then we will potentially hold him back as well and make sure that he is right before he goes on that plane.”

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