It is the dream of every cricketer on earth to represent his or her nation in the ICC World Cup. The World Cup matches receive the highest viewership and attention from the fans. Each nation names its squad for the mega event in advance.
However, in between the gap of the World Cup and the squad announcement or the gap between two matches of a World Cup, something unusual happened with the following five cricketers. The following five weird reasons forced these players to miss some of the most important matches of their careers.
1. Shimron Hetmyer – Missed flight to the T20 World Cup
Despite the rescheduling, West Indies cricketer Shimron Hetmyer failed to catch the flight to Australia. As a result, Cricket West Indies recently dropped him from their squad for the upcoming mega event Down Under.
2. Ravindra Jadeja – Adventure activity before T20 World Cup
BCCI officials were reportedly furious after finding out that the team’s star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja injured himself during an adventure activity on the beach at Asia Cup 2022. He will miss the entire mega event this year.
3. Devon Conway – Punched hand to the bat in frustration
During last year’s mega event in the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand opener Devon Conway punched his hand to his bat after losing his wicket. As a result, he missed the final match against Australia.
4. Jonny Bairstow – Freak accident while playing golf
England batter Jonny Bairstow was present in his nation’s squad for the mega event in Australia. However, he had to withdraw from the tournament because of a freak accident while playing golf.
5. Jofra Archer – Injury due to fish tank
England fast bowler Jofra Archer missed last year’s mega event as well as this year’s tournament because of a fish tank incident. He was trying to clean his fish tank and injured himself. Soon after, he had an elbow problem, forcing him to stay out of action.