The 2023 World Cup is less than three weeks away, but a number of last-minute injuries to key players threaten to play spoilsport for the teams — here’s the full injury list for the ODI World Cup, including the list of players who will miss the tournament in India.
Friday (September 15) was not a memorable day for cricket players as every ongoing series threw up an injury concern. In South Africa, Travis Head, who was expected to be David Warner’s opening partner in the World Cup, fractured his left hand, adding to a long list of injury concerns for the Australians. Anrich Nortje’s back injury saw him miss the fourth ODI while Temba Bavuma suffered a hamstring niggle and also missed the game.
In England, Tim Southee fractured his right thumb while attempting to take a catch in the 14th over of England’s innings, while Daryl Mitchell dislocated his finger in the same innings.
Elsewhere, in the Asia Cup, Axar Patel received multiple blows on both his hands while batting, and has been ruled out of the final on Sunday, with Shardul Thakur replacing him. For Sri Lanka, Maheesh Theekshana suffered a hamstring injury, while Pakistan could potentially be without Naseem Shah for the World Cup.
List of players who have an injury before the 2023 World Cup
Could struggle to get fit in time
Maheesh Theekshana: Hamstring injury (Sri Lanka)
Dushmantha Chameera: Shoulder injury (Sri Lanka)
Dilshan Madushanka: Oblique muscle (Sri Lanka)
Najmul Hossain Shanto: Hamstring (Bangladesh)
Tim Southee: Fractured right thumb (New Zealand)
Darly Mitchell: Dislocated ring finger (New Zealand)
Kane Williamson: ACL injury (New Zealand)
Anrich Nortje: Back injury, to undergo fitness test (South Africa)
Sisanda Magala: Left knee, to undergo fitness test (South Africa)
Shreyas Iyer: Stress fracture in the back (India)
Axar Patel: Multiple hits to finger, forearm and hamstring (India)
Travis Head: Left hand fracture (Australia)
Currently injured but likely to get fit
Haris Rauf – Side Strain (Pakistan)
Imam ul Haq – Back spasm (Pakistan)
Adil Rashid: Cramps (England)
Mark Wood: Sore heel (England)
Tamim Iqbal: Hip (Bangladesh)
Temba Bavuma: Inner thigh muscle strain (South Africa)
Pat Cummins: Fractured wrist (Australia)
Steve Smith: Wrist tendon (Australia)
Mitchell Starc: Groin (Australia)
Glenn Maxwell: Ankle (Australia)
Ashton Agar: Calf (Australia)
Ebadot Hossain: Knee (Bangladesh)
Naseem Shah – Shoulder injury (Pakistan)
Wanindu Hasaranga: Hamstring (Sri Lanka)
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