Kane Williamson has been selected for New Zealand’s World Cup squad.

Williamson is set to return to the New Zealand team.

Kane Williamson, New Zealand’s ODI captain, will be named to the World Cup squad, but it is unclear how much of the tournament he will be available for. Gary Stead, the Black Caps’ head coach, believes his 33-year-old batter has made sufficient progress from a knee injury suffered while playing for Gujarat Titans in the first game of the IPL 2023.

“Kane has applied phenomenal dedication to his rehabilitation and has been supported by a strong group of experts around him,” said Stead. “He’s gone to great lengths to get back to playing at the highest level.” We are thrilled to be able to choose him.

“At the same time, he’s kept his recovery in perspective and hasn’t wanted to rush or force his way back too soon.” As we previously stated, it’s fantastic that he wants to play cricket for New Zealand in the long run.”

Stead added that the management had no timetable for Williamson’s participation and that his progress will be monitored over the next month as the World Cup begins on October 5 in Ahmedabad against holders England. “As we’ve stated throughout this process, we want to give Kane every opportunity to recover.” The World Cup is not a short tournament, and we will continue to monitor his progress over the next month as we approach the tournament’s first match,” Stead added.

Williamson has been in rehab since late April, when he underwent surgery to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. He returned to the nets in early August and has been ramping up his training regimen amid growing optimism that a World Cup appearance is no longer a pipe dream.

“Throughout this entire process, I’ve tried to keep an open mind about when I might be able to return to cricket and not become overly focused on any one date or match.” Being chosen doesn’t change that, and I know there’s still work to be done and daily goals to meet in order to get back on the field with the team,” he explained.

On September 11, the rest of New Zealand’s World Cup squad will be revealed.