New Zealand received a big jolt ahead of the finals of the 20-20 World Cup as wicketkeeper-batter Devon Conway was ruled out due to a broken hand. The southpaw suffered this untimely blow in the semifinal match against England. He scored 46 runs before being dismissed. Conway was furious after getting out and struck his bat in frustration which broke his hand.
Since making his debut in 2020, the southpaw has contributed heavily for New Zealand in all formats of the game. During the ongoing event too, Conway has played according to the situation and has adapted in the middle-order nicely. His loss is a massive blow to England.
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said Conway is gutted after being ruled out. “He’s gutted to be ruled out like this at this time. Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the BLACKCAPS, and no one is more disappointed at the moment than he is – so we’re trying to rally around him,” Stead said in a video posted on New Zealand Cricket’s official Twitter page.
“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,” he added.
Conway has also been ruled out the upcoming T20I series against India set to begin on November 17. Meanwhile, Tim Seifert is likely to replace Conway in the team. The finals of the 20-20 World Cup will be played in Dubai on Sunday (November 14).