New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will not be able to play in the third and final T20 International against India due to medical reasons. Williamson has a scheduled doctor’s appointment. Mark Chapman has been included in the squad as Williamson’s replacement. Williamson will join the team on Wednesday when all the players assemble for the ODI series in Auckland. The first ODI will be played at Eden Park on Friday.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said the visit to the doctor had nothing to do with his elbow problem which has resurfaced. In a statement released by New Zealand Cricket, Stead said, “Kane has been wanting to see a doctor for some time but unfortunately due to our busy schedules time has not been available.” “He said,” The health and well-being of our players and staff is the top priority. We look forward to having him join the team in Auckland.”
India is leading 1-0 in the three-match T20 International series. Williamson played an inning of 61 runs in 52 balls in the second T20 on Sunday. Stead said Chappell was looking forward to rejoining the team after the recent T20 World Cup and the tri-series in Christchurch. Born in Hong Kong, Chapman has played seven One Day Internationals and 40 T20I for New Zealand.