New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has pulled out of The Hundred tournament due to an elbow injury, where he was signed with Birmingham Phoenix for £80,000. Williamson had decided to stay in England to play The Hundred, even as the New Zealand team – which recently defeated India in the World Test Championship final in Southampton – had returned home. But the elbow injury the Black Caps captain has been handling for the past six months – which forced him to miss the ODI series against Bangladesh, the start of the IPL and the second Test against England.
Reportedly, Williamson’s compatriot, Finn Allen, will be in his place at Birmingham Phoenix, while the Black Caps captain will accompany the Edgbaston-based team. Allen, who plays for county side Lancashire, has scored 215 runs in eight innings at an average of 30.71.
Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi has also pulled out of Birmingham Phoenix citing his country’s international commitments. Pakistan is scheduled to tour the West Indies between July 21 and August 21, the period during which The Hundred will be played.
Australia’s Glenn Maxwell, who was signed to London Spirit for £100,000, recently pulled out of the inaugural season, joining the list of players pulled out due to personal reasons or bio-bubble fatigue. Australian cricketers David Warner and Marcus Stoinis, who were signed by the Southern Brave franchise for £100,000 and £80,000, have also withdrawn their names.