Australias limited-overs captain Aaron Finch has undergone knee surgery. He suffered an injury during the tour of the West Indies, but it will take eight to 10 weeks for him to be fully fit after the surgery. In such a situation, his chances of playing the T20 World Cup are looking less, but the goal of Cricket Australia and Aaron Finch himself is to be fit for the T20 World Cup.
Recently, Aaron Finch did not go on the Bangladesh tour as he suffered an injury before the ODI series in the West Indies. He was able to play five T20Is against the Caribbean side, but his injury worsened in the final game.
On his return to Melbourne, Finch underwent surgery on Thursday after completing his mandatory two-week quarantine, which Cricket Australia said in a statement that his surgery was successful. Had Finch not been quarantined for 14 days and had surgery earlier, he could have been fit before the T20 World Cup.
"He is expected to take 8-10 weeks to recover, which means he should be available for the opening World Cup matches in mid-October," the statement said. That long end of time will make things difficult for Finch with Australias participation in the tournament starting in the last week of October.
It is expected that the tentative plans for practice matches against Afghanistan and West Indies will be called off due to logistical challenges with some players returning from the IPL, which will also be held in the UAE ahead of the World Cup.
Aaron Finch was one of the eight potential first-choice players selected for the tour of Bangladesh but had to return home due to injury. At the same time, the team lost 1-4 in Bangladesh.
Even the team was bundled out on its lowest T20I total at 62 in the last match. Although it is not Aaron Finchs fault as he was not fit, Finch will now be expected to open with David Warner in the T20 World Cup if he is fit.